duckbill

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duck +‎ bill

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duckbill (plural duckbills)

  1. (informal) The duck-billed platypus.
  2. (informal) A hadrosaur.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) The paddlefish.
    • 1880, Mollusca, Crustacea, Vertebrata, page 1004:
      Polyodon spathula Walbaum (“Duck-Bill Cat”). — This fish, which is sometimes called “paddle fish,” from the peculiar [] The “duck-bill” is very abundant in the lower Ohio, so much so that it is often a nuisance to fishermen who use seines.
    • 1892, The American Angler, volume 22, page 89: 
      Taking up the fishes of American waters, striatum, as previously scheduled, we now reach the duck-bill catfish {Polyodon spathula)
    • 1911, United States. Bureau of the Census, ‎United States. Bureau of Fisheries, Fisheries of the United States, 1908, page 75: 
      The paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), locally known as "spoonbill," "duckbill cat," and "shovelfish, " is found in all the larger streams of the Mississippi Valley
  4. A fish of the family Percophidae
    1. Percophis brasiliensis
  5. Pteromylaeus bovinus

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