Definition of Duckbilled platypus
1. Noun. Small densely furred aquatic monotreme of Australia and Tasmania having a broad bill and tail and webbed feet; only species in the family Ornithorhynchidae.
Generic synonyms: Egg-laying Mammal, Monotreme
Group relationships: Genus Ornithorhynchus, Ornithorhynchus
Lexicographical Neighbors of Duckbilled Platypus
Literary usage of Duckbilled platypus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith (1816)
"... vered, differing so much in its general appearance from every other known quadruped, as the duckbilled platypus. It is a native of New Holland, ..."
2. Australia by Frank George Carpenter (1904)
"One of these is the duckbilled platypus and the other the echidna or spiny ant- eater. The platypus is a sort of water mole, with fur as soft and thick as ..."
3. The Gentleman's Magazine (1897)
"Take in this connection the duckbilled platypus —it has webbed claws, it lays eggs like a bird, it is billed like a bird; yet it has mamma, and is said to ..."
4. Australia and Homeward by Daniel Vannorman Lucas (1888)
"... so that it is difficult to guard against them. THE DUCK-BILLED PLATYPUS. Of all the queer animals in Australia, the duckbilled platypus is the most so. ..."
5. The Magazine of American History with Notes and Queries by John Austin Stevens, Benjamin Franklin DeCosta, Martha Joanna Lamb, Henry Phelps Johnston, Nathan Gilbert Pond, William Abbatt (1886)
"Dr. SS Rathvon read a paper on the " duckbilled platypus," and one on the " Dynastes tityus," donated by WP King. Dr. TR Baker also read a paper on ..."