browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
duckbill

more about duckbill

duckbill


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duck  \Duck\,  n.  [OE.  duke,  doke.  See  {Duck},  v.  t.  ] 
  1.  (Zool.)  Any  bird  of  the  subfamily  {Anatin[ae]},  family 
  {Anatid[ae]}. 
 
  Note:  The  genera  and  species  are  numerous.  They  are  divided 
  into  {river  ducks}  and  {sea  ducks}.  Among  the  former 
  are  the  common  domestic  duck  ({Anas  boschas});  the  wood 
  duck  ({Aix  sponsa});  the  beautiful  mandarin  duck  of 
  China  ({Dendronessa  galeriliculata});  the  Muscovy  duck, 
  originally  of  South  America  ({Cairina  moschata}).  Among 
  the  sea  ducks  are  the  eider,  canvasback,  scoter,  etc 
 
  2.  A  sudden  inclination  of  the  bead  or  dropping  of  the 
  person,  resembling  the  motion  of  a  duck  in  water. 
 
  Here  be  without  duck  or  nod,  Other  trippings  to  be 
  trod.  --Milton. 
 
  {Bombay  duck}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  fish.  See  {Bummalo}. 
 
  {Buffel  duck},  or  {Spirit  duck}.  See  {Buffel  duck}. 
 
  {Duck  ant}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  species  of  white  ant  in  Jamaica 
  which  builds  large  nests  in  trees. 
 
  {Duck  barnacle}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Goose  barnacle}. 
 
  {Duck  hawk}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  In  the  United  States:  The  peregrine  falcon. 
  b  In  England:  The  marsh  harrier  or  moor  buzzard. 
 
  {Duck  mole}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  aquatic  mammal  of  Australia, 
  having  webbed  feet  and  a  bill  resembling  that  of  a  duck 
  ({Ornithorhynchus  anatinus}).  It  belongs  the  subclass 
  Monotremata  and  is  remarkable  for  laying  eggs  like  a  bird 
  or  reptile;  --  called  also  {duckbill},  {platypus}, 
  {mallangong},  {mullingong},  {tambreet},  and  {water  mole}. 
 
 
  {To  make  ducks  and  drakes},  to  throw  a  flat  stone  obliquely, 
  so  as  to  make  it  rebound  repeatedly  from  the  surface  of 
  the  water,  raising  a  succession  of  jets 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duckbill  \Duck"bill`\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  See  {Duck  mole},  under  {Duck},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  duckbill 
  adj  :  having  a  beak  resembling  that  of  a  duck;  "a  duck-billed 
  dinosaur"  [syn:  {duck-billed}] 
  n  1:  primitive  fish  of  the  Mississippi  valley  having  a  long 
  paddle-shaped  snout  [syn:  {paddlefish},  {Polyodon 
  spathula}] 
  2:  small  densely  furred  aquatic  monotreme  of  Australia  and 
  Tasmania  having  a  broad  bill  and  tail  and  webbed  feet; 
  only  species  in  the  family  Ornithorhynchidae  [syn:  {platypus}, 
  {duckbilled  platypus},  {duck-billed  platypus},  {Ornithorhynchus 
  anatinus}] 




more about duckbill