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ˈplæt ɪ pəs, -ˌpʊs; -ˌpaɪplaty·pus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. platypus, duckbill, duckbilled platypus, duck-billed platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinusnoun

    small densely furred aquatic monotreme of Australia and Tasmania having a broad bill and tail and webbed feet; only species in the family Ornithorhynchidae


  1. platypusnoun

    An egg-laying, semi-aquatic mammal with a bill resembling that of a duck, that has 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; Ornithorhynchus anatinus

    Etymology: From Platypus (originally a genus name, but already used for a type of beetle), from πλατύπους, from πλατύς + πούς.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Platypusnoun

    the duck mole. See under Duck


  1. Platypus

    The platypus is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. It is the sole living representative of its family and genus, though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate fraud. It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus having a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unique features of the platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognisable and iconic symbol of Australia; it has appeared as a mascot at national events and is featured on the reverse of its 20-cent coin. The platypus is the animal emblem of the state of New South Wales. Until the early 20th century, it was hunted for its fur, but it is now protected throughout its range. Although captive breeding programmes have had only limited success and the platypus is vulnerable to the effects of pollution, it is not under any immediate threat.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Platypus

    plat′i-poos, n. the duck-bill (q.v.). [Gr. platys, flat, pous, a foot.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Platypus

    A small aquatic oviparous mammal of the order Monotremata found in Australia and Tasmania.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of platypus in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of platypus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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  1. Gilad Bino:

    The ash in the water and the lack of oxygen would have a severe impact on some areas that coincide with platypus populations.

  2. Javier Luque:

    Callichimaera perplexa is so unique and strange that it can be considered the platypus of the crab world, usually we think of crabs as big animals with broad carapaces, strong claws, small eyes in long eyestalks, and a small tail tucked under the body. Well, Callichimaera defies all of these' crabby' features and forces a rethink of our definition of what makes a crab a crab.

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    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
    • A. larceny
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    • C. impounding
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