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platypus British & World English

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

platypus New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Australian egg-laying mammal

Platypus in ambrosia beetle British & World English

A small wood-boring beetle whose adults and larvae (called pinhole borers) feed on ambrosia produced by fungus in the wood