Definitions for echidnaɪˈkɪd nə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•chid•naɪˈkɪd nə(n.)(pl.)-nas.

  1. any long-snouted, spiny, insectivorous monotreme of the family Tachyglossidae, of Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea.

    Category: Mammals

    Ref: Also called spiny anteater.

Origin of echidna:

< NL (1798), orig. a genus name; L: serpent, Echidna (a mythical creature that gave birth to the Hydra and other monsters) < Gk échidna, akin to échis viper

Princeton's WordNet

  1. echidna, spiny anteater, anteater(noun)

    a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to New Guinea

  2. echidna, spiny anteater, anteater(noun)

    a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to Australia

Wiktionary

  1. echidna(Noun)

    Any of the four species of small spined monotremes, also known as a spiny anteaters, found in Australia and southern New Guinea.

  2. Echidna(ProperNoun)

    she-viper, a female monster

  3. Origin: Through , from ἔχιδνα. Compare ἐχῖνος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Echidna(noun)

    a monster, half maid and half serpent

  2. Echidna(noun)

    a genus of Monotremata found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. They are toothless and covered with spines; -- called also porcupine ant-eater, and Australian ant-eater

Freebase

  1. Echidna

    Echidnas, sometimes known as spiny anteaters, belong to the family Tachyglossidae in the monotreme order of egg-laying mammals. The four extant species, together with the platypus, are the only surviving members of that order and are the only extant mammals that lay eggs. Although their diet consists largely of ants and termites, they are no more closely related to the true anteaters of the Americas than to any other placental mammal. They live in Australia and New Guinea. The echidnas are named after a monster in ancient Greek mythology.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Echidna

    a fabulous monster that figures in the Greek mythology, half-woman, half-serpent, the mother of Cerberus, the Lernean Hydra, the Chimæra, the Sphinx, the Gorgons, the Nemean Lion, the vulture that gnawed the liver of Prometheus, &c.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Echidna

    An oviparous burrowing mammal of the order Monotremata native to Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. It has hair mingled with spines on the upper part of the body and is adapted for feeding on ants.

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