Ornithorhynchus definition

ôrnəthōriŋkəs
A platypus, (genus Ornithorhynchus).
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A taxonomic genus within the family Ornithorhynchidae "” the single species Ornithorhynchus anatinus (platypus, also called duck-billed platypus).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ornithorhynchus
Plural:
ornithorhynchuses

Origin of ornithorhynchus

  • From Ancient Greek ὄρνιθ- (ornith-) (the stem of ὄρνις (ornis, “bird")) + ῥύγχος (rhunkhos, “snout").

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  • From the genus name.

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