from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A semiaquatic egg-laying mammal (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) of Australia and Tasmania, having a broad flat tail, webbed feet, and a snout resembling a duck's bill. Also called duckbill, duck-billed platypus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The duck mole. See under duck.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In entomology, a genus of xylophagous beetles of the family Scolytidæ: synonymous in part with Bostrychus.
- n. In mammalogy: A genus of monotremes, now called Ornithorhynchus.
- n. [lowercase] The species of this genus; the duckbilled platypus. See cut under duckbill.
- n. In ornithology, a genus of sea-ducks of the family Anatidæ and the subfamily Fuligulinæ: synonymous with Fulix.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small densely furred aquatic monotreme of Australia and Tasmania having a broad bill and tail and webbed feet; only species in the family Ornithorhynchidae
New Latin Platypūs, former genus name, from Greek platupous, flat-footed : platu-, platy- + pous, foot.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin Platypus (originally a genus name, but already used for a type of beetle), from Ancient Greek πλατύπους (platypous, "flat-footed"), from πλατύς (platys, "flat") + πούς (pous, "foot"). (Wiktionary)