platypus
noun (plural platypuses; also platypi) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek platypous flat-footed, from platys broad, flat + pous foot — more at place, foot Date: 1799 a small carnivorous aquatic monotreme mammal (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) of eastern Australia and Tasmania that has a fleshy bill resembling that of a duck, dense fur, webbed feet, and a broad flattened tail — called also duck-billed platypus

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