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(Animals) the technical name for duck-billed platypus
[C19: New Latin, from ornitho- + Greek rhunkhos bill]
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Noun1.ornithorhynchus - type genus of the family OrnithorhynchidaeOrnithorhynchus - type genus of the family Ornithorhynchidae
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
duckbilled platypus, duck-billed platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, platypus, duckbill - small densely furred aquatic monotreme of Australia and Tasmania having a broad bill and tail and webbed feet; only species in the family Ornithorhynchidae
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And it is in fresh water that we find seven genera of Ganoid fishes, remnants of a once preponderant order: and in fresh water we find some of the most anomalous forms now known in the world, as the Ornithorhynchus and Lepidosiren, which, like fossils, connect to a certain extent orders now widely separated in the natural scale.
In the dusk of the evening I took a stroll along a chain of ponds, which in this dry country represented the course of a river, and had the good fortune to see several of the famous Ornithorhynchus paradoxus.
Two of these, Platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus and Water Rat Hydromys chrysogaster, are aquatic and were unlikely to be recorded in this study regime, save for an incidental observation in a creek or wetland.