Platypus Definition

plătĭ-pəs
platypi, platypuses
noun
platypuses
A small, aquatic, egg-laying monotreme mammal (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) of Australia and Tasmania, with webbed feet, a beaverlike tail, and a ducklike bill; duckbill.
Webster's New World
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pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the tribe Platypodini.

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Other Word Forms of Platypus

Noun

Singular:
platypus
Plural:
platypodes, platypuses

Origin of Platypus

  • New Latin Platypūs former genus name from Greek platupous flat-footed platu- platy- pous foot ped- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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