Platypus meaning

plătĭ-pəs
A semiaquatic egg-laying mammal (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) of eastern Australia and Tasmania, having a broad flat tail, webbed feet, a snout resembling a duck's bill, and in the male, venomous spurs on the hind legs.
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A small, aquatic, egg-laying monotreme mammal (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) of Australia and Tasmania, with webbed feet, a beaverlike tail, and a ducklike bill; duckbill.
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A taxonomic genus within the tribe Platypodini.
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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