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Answered 2011-07-14 16:56:40

That would be the plural using Greek rules: both platypus and octopus are from Greek, and do not (as is commonly assumed) use the Latin plurals platypi and octopi.

The correct English plural is either platypuses or the same word platypus (used as a group noun, like sheep or trout).

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Why is octopi the plural of octopus but platypus is platypuses and not platypi?

The pluralization of octopus as "octopi" is in fact, in its Latinate form, incorrect, as this would require it to be a second declension Latin word. Since its classification in Latin form is third declension, according to classical Latin grammar rules, the plural of octopus should be octopodes. In any case, the more commonly used plural of octopus is "octopuses" - which classicists regard as an incorrect oversimplification. Besides this, the plural of platypus cannot be universally agreed upon either - "platypuses", "platypus", and "platypi", as well as the grammatically correct plural "platypodes", are used with varying levels of popularity.


What is the correct way to say the plural of platypus?

The plural of platypus is platypuses.It is not platypi.


Is the plural word for platypus platypi?

No, more than one platypus is two or more platypuses. The plural is not 'platypi'.


What is the plural possessive form of platypus?

The plural possessive form of platypus is platypuses', e.g. The platypuses' burrows were washed out by the floods.


What is the name of more than one platypus?

The plural of platypus is platypuses. It is not 'platypi'.


What is the plural of platypus?

"Platypus" or "platypuses" are both accepted plural forms.The plural of platypus is not platypi. It is unfortunate that some dictionaries include platypi as a plural. Listing "octopi" as the plural of octopus is also incorrect, for the same reason. Both words are from Greek, not Latin."Platypi" is a colloquialism, and incorrect both grammatically and etymologically. The term uses pseudo-Latin rules.


How do you pronounce more than one platypus?

The plural of platypus is platypuses.It is pronounced plat - i - puss - es.


What do you call more than one platypus?

More than one platypus is two or more platypuses. The plural is not 'platypi'.


What is the plural of Arceus?

I'm not sure why you would need this but i would go with Arcei. Kinda like plural for platypus is platypi.


How did the platypus get called platypi?

It isn't. The plural of platypus is platypuses, not platypi.



Do some animals plural end in pi?

octopus- octopi platypus- platypuses not platypi.



Is perry the platypus a platypus or a dog in disquise?

Perry the platypus is supposed to be a platypus.


What types of platypus are there?

There are no sub-species of platypus. A platypus is a platypus and there are no other types.The species name of the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.


What is the Correct name for Platypus?

Platypus is the correct name for a platypus. It is not actually a "duckbilled platypus".


Are there other types of platypus?

No. There are no sub-species of platypus. A platypus is a platypus and there are no other types. The species name of the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.


What is the common name of the platypus?

The common name of the platypus is ... platypus.


What is Perry the Platypus?

Perry the Platypus is a secret agent / platypus.


Is multiple platypus platypi or platypus?

Multiple platypus are Platypuses.


What are platypeople?

Platypeople are giant hybrids of platypus and man. Kind of like the minotaur, half bull & half man.'Platypeople' was a term used as a plural for 'platypus' in the popular kid's TV show, Phineas and Ferb. It was used alongside 'platypuses' and 'platypi'.


What is the common and scientific name for a platypus?

The common name of the platypus is platypus.The scientific name of the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.


Where does the platypus migrate?

The platypus does not migrate.


Is a platypus a ruminant?

No. The platypus is not a ruminant.


Is a platypus a primate?

A Platypus is not a primate.


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