platypus

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A platypus

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From Medieval Latin Platypus (originally a genus name, but already used for a type of beetle), from Ancient Greek πλατύπους (platúpous, flat-footed), from πλατύς (platús, flat) + πούς (poús, foot).

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platypus (plural platypuses or platypus or (common, hypercorrect, pseudo-Latin) platypi or (rare, pedantic) platypodes)

  1. 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

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