noun platy·pus \ˈpla-ti-pəs, -ˌps\

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

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

Full Definition of PLATYPUS

:  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

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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

PLATYPI Defined for Kids


noun platy·pus \ˈpla-ti-pəs\

Definition of PLATYPUS for Kids

:  a small water-dwelling mammal of Australia that lays eggs and has webbed feet, dense fur, and a bill that resembles that of a duck


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