Origin of ornithorhynchusfrom ornitho- + Classical Greek rhynchos, bill, snout from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form srungh-, to snort
- A platypus, (genus Ornithorhynchus).
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From the genus name.
From Ancient Greek á½„ÏÎ½Î¹Î¸- (ornith-) (the stem of á½„ÏÎ½Î¹Ï‚ (ornis, “bird")) + á¿¥ÏÎ³Ï‡Î¿Ï‚ (rhunkhos, “snout").