duck-billed platypus


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duck-billed platypus

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duck-billed platypus

n
(Animals) an amphibious egg-laying mammal, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, of E Australia, having dense fur, a broad bill and tail, and webbed feet: family Ornithorhynchidae. Sometimes shortened to: duckbill or platypus See also monotreme
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Noun1.duck-billed platypus - small densely furred aquatic monotreme of Australia and Tasmania having a broad bill and tail and webbed feetduck-billed platypus - small densely furred aquatic monotreme of Australia and Tasmania having a broad bill and tail and webbed feet; only species in the family Ornithorhynchidae
egg-laying mammal, monotreme - the most primitive mammals comprising the only extant members of the subclass Prototheria
genus Ornithorhynchus, Ornithorhynchus - type genus of the family Ornithorhynchidae
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For example, in 1798, the Governor of New South Wales sent the gift of a wombat to the Lit & Phil, along with a duck-billed platypus, both preserved in spirit.
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They had a body shape that was unique among marine vertebrates at the time (though it looks something along the lines of a duck-billed platypus), including stiff trunks and a large variation in neck lengths among different species.
Lynerd's book offers a subtle and historically rich accounting of a political duck-billed platypus. The creature in question--dissonantly hybrid and seemingly bound for extinction--is American evangelicals' civil religion.
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Alongside more than 100 photos of strange animals, Evolution attempts to explain its reasons for creating creatures such as the uninspired sea potato, the duck-billed platypus and the truly unfortunate pigbutt worm.
Expressing its dismay at the Australian batting performance, even though it has boosted England's hopes for the Ashes, The Times likened it to a duck-billed platypus, saying that their performance was far from the hard-liner Australian batsmen of the yester-years.
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Known as Australia's Galapagos, not only does it have its own sub species of kangaroo, but rare animal, bird and marine life, including koala bears, the shy duck-billed platypus and sea lions.
From field mice to the duck-billed platypus, the book is replete with photos of the animals.