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(countable noun; plural: platypuses or platypus) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.
An egg-laying marsupial with smooth fur that lives beside water. Platypuses are 30-45 centimetres long, with a wide 10-15 centimetre long tail, webbed feet, and a wide beak rather like a duck’s beak. They are often called 'platypus' rather than the longer term 'duckbill platypus'.
Example: Watch carefully for platypus anywhere along the creek, and in the forests here and around Yungaburra you may also spot the rare tree kangaroo. (http://www.athertontablelands.com.au/pages/our-region/)
A duckbill platypus swimming underwater
(photo by JohnCarnemolla)