platypus

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noun platy·pus \ˈpla-ti-pəs, -ˌpu̇s\

Definition of platypus

plural

platypuses

also

platypi

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

Origin and Etymology of platypus

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


First Known Use: 1799


PLATYPUS Defined for English Language Learners

platypus

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noun platy·pus \ˈpla-ti-pəs, -ˌpu̇s\

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

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noun platy·pus \ˈpla-ti-pəs\

Definition of platypus for Students

  1. :  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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