platypus

noun platy·pus \ ˈpla-ti-pəs , -ˌpu̇s \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of platypus

plural platypuses also platypi play \ˈpla-ti-ˌpī, -ˌpē\
: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 and Etymology of platypus

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


PLATYPUS Defined for English Language Learners

platypus

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Definition of platypus for English Language Learners

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


PLATYPUS Defined for Kids

platypus

noun platy·pus \ ˈpla-ti-pəs \

Definition of platypus for Students

: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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