[ plat-i-puhs, -poos ]
/ ˈplæt ɪ pəs, -ˌpʊs /
noun, plural plat·y·pus·es, plat·y·pi [plat-i-pahy]. /ˈplæt ɪˌpaɪ/.
a small, aquatic, egg-laying monotreme, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, of Australia and Tasmania, having webbed feet, a tail like that of a beaver, a sensitive bill resembling that of a duck, and, in adult males, venom-injecting spurs on the ankles of the hind limbs, used primarily for fighting with other males during the breeding season.
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Also called duckbill, duckbilled platypus.
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British Dictionary definitions for platypus
/ (ˈplætɪpəs) /
noun plural -puses
Word Origin for platypus
C18: New Latin, from platy- + -pus, from Greek pous foot
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