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platypus

[ plat-i-puhs, -poos ]
/ 藞pl忙t 瑟 p蓹s, -藢p蕣s /
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noun, plural plat路y路pus路es, plat路y路pi [plat-i-pahy]. /藞pl忙t 瑟藢pa瑟/.
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.

Origin of platypus

1790鈥1800; <New Latin <Greek plat媒pous flat-footed, equivalent to platy-platy- + -pous, adj. derivative of po煤sfoot
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British Dictionary definitions for platypus

platypus
/ (藞pl忙t瑟p蓹s) /

noun plural -puses

Word Origin for platypus

C18: New Latin, from platy- + -pus, from Greek pous foot
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