Meaning of platypus

plat•y•pus

Pronunciation: (plat'i-pus, -poos"), [key]
— pl. -pus•es, -pi
  1. a small, aquatic, egg-laying monotreme, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, of Australia and Tasmania, having webbed feet, a tail like that of a beaver, a sensitive bill resembling that of a duck, and, in adult males, venom-injecting spurs on the ankles of the hind limbs, used primarily for fighting with other males during the breeding season. Also called
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