noun (plural: platypuses, platypi or ; rare, pedantic: platypodes)
- An egg-laying, semiaquatic mammal with a bill resembling that of a duck, a mole-like body, a tail resembling that of a beaver, a waterproof pelt, and flat webbed feet — males have poisonous spurs on the inside of the back legs. The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) lives in the freshwater streams of Tasmania and eastern mainland Australia.
Etymology: From Modern Latin Platypus (originally a genus name, but already used for a type of beetle), from Greek "flat-footed", from "flat" + "foot".
- Dutch: vogelbekdier
- French: ornithorynque
- German: Schnabeltier
- Italian: ornitorinco
- Spanish: ornitorrinco
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