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Definition of "ornithorhynchus" [or•ni•tho•rhyn•chus]

  • A platypus, (genus Ornithorhynchus). (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "ornithorhynchus" in a sentence
  • "John Cox presented the commander with two specimens of the water-mole, also called the ornithorhynchus, a curious amphibious creature, the habits of which are still little known to European naturalists, many museums not possessing a single specimen."
  • "The guest had little difficulty, in recognising the uncouth form of the ornithorhynchus, or water-mole; but he turned with yet more eagerness, towards the spot, whence that shot had proceeded."
  • "Sir Henry saw that his guest was puzzled by this dialogue, and good-naturedly showed him the distinguishing characteristic of the male ornithorhynchus -- the spur on the hinder foot, which is hollow, and transmits an envenomed liquid, secreted by a gland on the inner surface of the thigh."
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