Definition of “platypus” - English Dictionary

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“platypus” in British English

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platypusnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈplæt.ɪ.pəs/ us /ˈplæt̬.ɪ.pəs/ also duck-billed platypus

Examples from literature

  • But the weirdest thing about the platypus is that it’s a mammal, but it lays eggs. 
  • People in England first saw the platypus in 1798. 
  • Some animals only come from Australia, like the koala and the platypus. 
  • The male platypus has sharp parts on its back feet, called stingers. 
  • The platypus can hit a predator with its feet and then get away. 
  • The platypus doesn’t have teeth, so it uses the rocks to help it “chew” the food. 
  • The platypus lives in Australia’s rivers. 
  • The platypus of Eastern Australia is maybe the weirdest animal on Earth. 
  • The platypus sleeps for 14 hours a day and eats small animals. 
  • When the platypus wants to eat, it goes under the water and uses its bill to feel around for insects and small sea life. 

(Definition of “platypus” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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