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- n. The platypus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Duck mole, under duck.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The duck-billed platypus, Ornithorhynchus paradoxus. Also malangong. See cut under duckbill.
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In Australia (its native country) this singular animal is commonly called a water mole, but to scientific men it is known as the mullingong; it is placed in the same order with its neighbour, the spring-ant or echidra, also a native of
To give an account of the peculiar conformation or appearance of the mullingong would require many pages, and only the artist can convey any idea of what the creature is like.