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Pronunciation: (plat'i-pus, -poos"), [key]
pl. -pus•es, -piPronunciation: (-pī"). [key]

a small, aquatic, egg-laying monotreme, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, of Australia and Tasmania, having webbed feet, a tail like that of a beaver, a sensitive bill resembling that of a duck, and, in adult males, venom-injecting spurs on the ankles of the hind limbs, used primarily for fighting with other males during the breeding season. Also called duckbill, duckbilled platypus.

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