[plat-i-puh s, -poo s]
- 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.
Origin of platypus
Also called duckbill, duckbilled platypus.
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Word Origin for platypus
C18: New Latin, from platy- + -pus, from Greek pous foot
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