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A semiaquatic egg-laying mammal which frequents lakes and streams in eastern Australia. It has a sensitive pliable bill shaped like that of a duck, webbed feet with venomous spurs, and dense fur.
- ‘On page 23 the authors state, ‘The platypus has a bill like a duck and fur like a mammal, but has never been considered transitional.’’
- ‘The platypus is considered a primitive mammal, yet its bill appears to be highly advanced.’
- ‘The only living monotremes are the platypuses and the echidnas.’
- ‘Perth Zoo is another fine place to see native wildlife, such as the platypus and echidna that were the inspiration for the Olympic mascots.’
- ‘But it is the immediate predecessor of modern mammals, such as the platypus and the echidna.’
- ‘The mascots at the Summer 2000 games in Sydney, Australia, were a platypus named Syd, an echidna called Millie, and a kookaburra called Olly.’
- ‘They are protected in a temporary pouch in echidnas but not platypuses.’
- ‘Like these higher mammals, the platypus and the echidna also have a jaw composed of a single bone, three inner-ear bones, relatively high metabolic rates, and hair.’
- ‘The duckbill platypus is a current member of the ancient monotreme group.’
- ‘The egg-laying platypus of Australia is the world's most poisonous mammal.’
- ‘It is not an exaggeration to say the platypus is Australia's most curious creature.’
- ‘Castorocauda has the ankle spurs characteristic of its nearest living relative, the platypus, which uses them for territorial defense.’
- ‘Like the echidna, an adult platypus has no teeth.’
- ‘The mammals the researchers studied were the platypus, echidna, opossum, wallaby, hedgehog, mouse, rat, rabbit, cow, pig, bat, tree shrew, colugo, ringtail lemur, and humans.’
- ‘Male platypuses have a sharp spur attached to each ankle.’
- ‘Only four mammals besides the platypus are poisonous (but not lethal to humans).’
- ‘From the looks of you, if the gin had taken on the platypus, the platypus would've lost.’
- ‘The egg-laying platypus and its cousin, the anteater, along with marsupials, make up the most primitive group of living mammals.’
- ‘The platypus and the echidna - a nocturnal, burrowing mammal with a spiny coat, long claws, and no teeth - are the only known living members of a type of animal known as monotremes.’
- ‘Two of the most amazing mammals on Earth are the naked mole-rat and the platypus.’
Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek platupous flat-footed, from platus flat + pous foot.
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