platypus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n platypus small densely furred aquatic monotreme of Australia and Tasmania having a broad bill and tail and webbed feet; only species in the family Ornithorhynchidae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Platypuses mate in the water
    • n Platypus (Zoöl) The duck mole. See under Duck.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The platypus uses its bill to find animals that it feeds on. Its bill can sense the tiny electric fields that their preys emit
    • n platypus In entomology, a genus of xylophagous beetles of the family Scolytidæ: synonymous in part with Bostrychus.
    • n platypus In mammalogy: A genus of monotremes, now called Ornithorhynchus.
    • n platypus [lowercase] The species of this genus; the duckbilled platypus. See cut under duckbill.
    • n platypus In ornithology, a genus of sea-ducks of the family Anatidæ and the subfamily Fuligulinæ: synonymous with Fulix.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The male platypus has poisonous spurs on its legs
    • n Platypus plat′i-poos the duck-bill (q.v.).
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. + foot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. platys, flat, pous, a foot.

Usage

In literature:

Instead of these, it has Marsupials only: kangaroos and opossums; wombats and the duckbilled Platypus.
"The Malay Archipelago" by Alfred Russell Wallace
That's why the Platypus is so secluded.
"Dot and the Kangaroo" by Ethel C. Pedley
These water-holes were the haunts of the platypus and the tortoise.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley
That's why the Platypus is so secluded.
"Dot and the Kangaroo" by Ethel C. Pedley
It has, however, what are called marsupials: kangaroos, opossums, wombats, and the duck-billed platypus.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Another, the platypus, or duck-bill, has the bill and webbed feet of a duck and the body and tail of a beaver.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
So far as we know at present, the platypus duck-mole, or water-mole, is the strangest of all animals.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Speaking of the duck-billed platypus, the Rev.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Common people call me simply Mr. PLATYPUS, Learned people call me Mr. OR-NI-THO-RINK-KUS.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
Among the strange and interesting productions of Australia, no one is more wonderful than the ornithorynchus, platypus, or water-mole.
"Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
The Duck-billed Platypus is one of the most singular of animals.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
We see a ripple on the still, deep, flowing water, and a platypus swims along quickly to his nest on the bank.
"Ladies in the Field"
Of the amphibious platypus everybody has heard.
"Australian Pictures" by Howard Willoughby
The undoubted likeness which their molar teeth show to the temporary teeth of the Platypus have already been commented upon.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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In news:

After all, our title character is a platypus.
The platypus is one of the most interesting creatures ever to come out of Mother Nature's workshop.
This is my newly aquired platypus, his name is Platty the platypussy.
Klein (Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar) opts for a sojourn to the Greek island of Hydra.
A good-looking platypus of a car with fine fuel economy.
Author's roving platypus was inspired by bedtime.
This one has to do with a certain celebrity platypus .
Most will use " platypus " nose.
The Platypus exercise works your butt and inner thighs to tone your lower body.
Watch The Platypus in the Fitness Magazine Video.
Kid Inventors and a Secret Agent Platypus .
Male platypuses have another reptilian trait -- they produce venom that they can shoot from spurs in their hind legs.
This is my newly aquired platypus , his name is Platty the platypussy.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW THIS WEEK: Invent-A-Holiday, sick day, and a double agent platypus.
Author's roving platypus was inspired by bedtime .
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In science:

AddisonWesley 2001, Boston, MA ; Harlow (2001) Campanini, S. E., Castagna, P., Tazzoli, R.: Platypus Wiki: a Semantic Wiki Wiki Web.
Usability Meets Instant Gratification on the Semantic Web
The platypus is well-known to be a hybrid of an animal: sharing traits both with the phylum of birds and with the phylum of mammals.
Sketches of a platypus: persistent homology and its algebraic foundations
The field of persistent homology is in a similar situation to the platypus: there are two different viewpoints of what persistent homology should be, and they interact in sometimes unexpected ways.
Sketches of a platypus: persistent homology and its algebraic foundations
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