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Definition of platypus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

platypus

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BrE BrE//ˈplætɪpəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplætɪpəs//
 
(also duck-billed platypus) Wild mammals
 
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an Australian animal that is covered in fur and has a beak like a duck, webbed feet (= with skin between the toes) and a flat tail. Platypuses lay eggs but give milk to their young. See related entries: Wild mammals Word Origin late 18th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek platupous ‘flat-footed’, from platus ‘flat’ + pous ‘foot’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: platypus

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