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 for ((Ornithorhynchus anatinus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Duck \Duck\, n. [OE. duke, doke. See Duck, v. t. ]
     1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily Anatin[ae], family
        Anatid[ae].
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     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.
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     2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the
        person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.
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              Here be, without duck or nod,
              Other trippings to be trod.           --Milton.
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     Bombay duck (Zool.), a fish. See Bummalo.
  
     Buffel duck, Spirit duck. See Buffel duck.
  
     Duck ant (Zool.), a species of white ant in Jamaica which
        builds large nests in trees.
  
     Duck barnacle. (Zool.) See Goose barnacle.
  
     Duck hawk. (Zool.)
        (a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon.
        (b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard.
  
     Duck mole (Zool.), 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; hence:
  
     To play at ducks and drakes, with property, to throw it
        away heedlessly or squander it foolishly and unprofitably.
        
  
     Lame duck. See under Lame.
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