duckbilled platypus

duckbill

[duhk-bil]
noun
Also called duckbill platypus, duck-billed platypus.


Origin:
1550–60; duck1 + bill2

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platypus

[plat-i-puhs, -poos]
noun, plural platypuses, platypi [plat-i-pahy] .
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 duckbill, duckbilled platypus.


Origin:
1790–1800; < Neo-Latin < Greek platýpous flat-footed, equivalent to platy- platy- + -pous, adj. derivative of poús foot

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platypus (ˈplætɪpəs)
 
n , pl -puses
See duck-billed platypus
 
[C18: New Latin, from platy- + -pus, from Greek pous foot]

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platypus
1799, from Mod.L., from Gk. platypous, lit. "flat-footed," from platys "broad, flat" (see place (n.)) + pous "foot."
"Orig. the generic name, but, having already been given to a genus of beetles, it was in 1800 changed for Ornithorhyncus." [OED]
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