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platypus

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noun platy·pus \ˈpla-ti-pəs, -ˌpu̇s\

Simple Definition of platypus

  • : a small animal from Australia that has a bill like the bill of a duck, webbed feet, and a wide flat tail

Full Definition of platypus

plural platy·pus·es also platy·pi play \-ˌpī, -ˌpē\

  1. :  a small carnivorous aquatic monotreme mammal (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) of eastern Australia and Tasmania that has a fleshy bill resembling that of a duck, dense fur, webbed feet, and a broad flattened tail —called also duck-billed platypus

Illustration of platypus

Origin of platypus

New Latin, from Greek platypous flat-footed, from platys broad, flat + pous foot — more at place, foot


First Known Use: 1799

Rhymes with platypus



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