duck·​bill | \ ˈdək-ˌbil How to pronounce duckbill (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Although these sculptural lamps are sold at retailers throughout the country today, the duckbill light originated in France decades ago. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Duckbill Light Fixtures Offer a Fresh Take on Mid-Century Design," 16 Apr. 2020 Life-size apples hung on hats of red felt; daisies were wrapped around plaid duckbills, and a pixie cap of straw was molded into fruit shapes. Vogue, "In His Posthumous Memoir, Bill Cunningham Recalls His Bohemian Beginnings," 13 Aug. 2018 And then there were the Ornithischia, which had a more bird-like kind of hip, and comprised armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs, duckbill dinosaurs and their relatives. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur?," 8 Dec. 2017 Some 75 million years ago, a duckbill did its business and, unwittingly, its bit for science. USA TODAY, "Petrified poop: 75-million-year-old dino dung drops bombshell," 21 Sep. 2017 Chin agrees that the duckbills may not have hunted the animals. USA TODAY, "Petrified poop: 75-million-year-old dino dung drops bombshell," 21 Sep. 2017 Since the 1980s, duckbill dinosaur bones found in the vicinity of Alaska’s Colville River were categorized as Edmontosaurus, a common and well-known Cretaceous herbivore. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "From “T. Rex” to “Pantydraco”: How Dinosaurs Get Their Names," 20 Mar. 2017 The Carter County Museum about 70 miles away was the first facility in Montana to display dinosaurs and exhibits a nearly complete duckbill dinosaur and a full triceratops skull. Seaborn Larson, USA TODAY, "These bones recovered on a Montana ranch are mammoth. Truly.," 8 Aug. 2017 The actress’s recently debuted frosted tips conjured images of Justin Timberlake’s bleach blond curls or Nick Lachey’s gelled-up duckbill in the collective unconscious of Vogue’s fashion news team. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "7 Definitive Reasons Why Backstreet’s Back All Right," 30 June 2017

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1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Duckbill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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