One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural platypussaries, Plural platypusariesAustralian
An enclosure or building in which platypuses are kept.‘he will grow up to entertain visitors in the reserve's platypussary’
- ‘Its home was a "platypussary" constructed in the garden.’
- ‘The original doorway up on the north side of the Platypussary was abandoned.’
- ‘He describes his method of creating a portable platypussary.’
- ‘There is a good chance that he will survive and grow up to entertain visitors in the Reserve's platypussary.’
- ‘I had to wait until I visited a local naturalist with a miniature nature reserve, complete with a platypussary.’
- ‘It offered a great many attractions, including a platypussary.’
- ‘He designed a platypussary, in which one of the monotremes lived for months and was seen by thousands of people.’
- ‘A platypussary displaying the delicate and unique monotreme was the central feature of the section.’
- ‘The highlight of the Australian section was a platypussary.’
- ‘He was responsible for designing the platypussary that took five platypuses to the New York Zoo in 1922.’
1930s: from platypus + -ary.
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