Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

platy-

Broad or flat.

[Greek platus, broad, flat.]

The platypus (Greek pous, foot) is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal of eastern Australia with flat, webbed feet; a platyhelminth is member of a phylum of invertebrates that comprises the flatworms; platyrrhine (Greek rhis, rhin-, nose) refers to primates of a group that comprises the New World monkeys, marmosets, and tamarins, which have nostrils that are far apart and directed forwards or sideways; the platysma is a broad sheet of muscle fibres extending from the collar bone to the angle of the jaw.

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