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



BrE BrE//ˈplætɪpəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplætɪpʊs//
(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 Originlate 18th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek platupous ‘flat-footed’, from platus ‘flat’ + pous ‘foot’.
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