Definition of duckbill in English:



  • An animal with jaws resembling a duck's bill, e.g. a platypus or a duck-billed dinosaur.

    • ‘Since the parent duckbills were nearly thirty feet long and weighed about three tons, we assume that the dinosaurs were too large to incubate their eggs by sitting on the nest.’
    • ‘This includes the horned dinosaurs, duckbills, stegosaurs and armored dinosaurs.’
    • ‘It was the spectacular array of ornithischians that made the Cretaceous such an interesting time - strangely named beasts like ‘duckbills’ and ‘boneheads’, and various types of armoured and horned dinosaurs.’


  • attributive Shaped like a duck's bill.

    ‘duckbill pliers’
    • ‘He's that veritable boob with the upturned duckbill hat.’
    • ‘The purpose of the tissue was to make sure that the duckbill clips did not leave any dents.’
    • ‘I was fascinated by the instruments, especially the one with the duckbill blades that opened and closed.’
    • ‘The insertion instruments include calipers, curved hooks, dull hooks, duckbill elevators, chisels, and implant inserters.’
    • ‘According to her, he was wearing a plastic shield, a regular-size duckbill mask, gloves, gown and everything supplied by the hospital, but still she got infected.’
    • ‘To remedy this problem, the device has an umbrella valve beneath the duckbill valve.’
    • ‘The surgeon made the incision at the level of the thyroid cartilage and removed a window using the duckbill elevator.’