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"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.

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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'.


How do you pronounce more than one platypus?

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


Is the plural of platypus platypodes?

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).


What do you call more than one platypus?

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


How did the platypus get called platypi?

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


What are some plural nouns that are spelled the same as singular nouns?

deer, moose, platypus


Do some animals plural end in pi?

octopus- octopi platypus- platypuses not platypi.


What plural word has less letters than its singular form?

Platypus - platypi cactus - cacti


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.

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