What does echidna mean?

Definitions for echidna
ɪˈkɪd nəechid·na

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word echidna.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. echidna, spiny anteater, anteaternoun

    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, anteaternoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. echidnanoun

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

    Etymology: Through , from ἔχιδνα. Compare ἐχῖνος.

  2. Echidnanoun

    she-viper, a female monster

    Etymology: Through , from ἔχιδνα. Compare ἐχῖνος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Echidnanoun

    a monster, half maid and half serpent

    Etymology: [L., a viper, adder, Gr. 'e`chidna.]

  2. Echidnanoun

    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

    Etymology: [L., a viper, adder, Gr. 'e`chidna.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Echidna

    ek-id′na, n. a genus of Australian toothless burrowing monotremate mammals, armed with porcupine-like spines, laying eggs instead of bringing forth the young.—n. Echid′nine, serpent-poison. [Formed from Gr. echidna, a viper.]

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.

Mythology

  1. Echidna

    (Echid′na). A woman having a serpent’s tail. She was the reputed mother of Chimaera, and also of the many-headed dog Orthos, of the three-hundred-headed dragon of the Hesperides, of the Colchian dragon, of the Sphinx, of Cerberus, of Scylla, of the Gorgons, of the Lernaean Hydra, of the vulture that gnawed away the liver of Prometheus, and also of the Nemean lion; in fact, the mother of all adversity and tribulation.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce echidna?

How to say echidna in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of echidna in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of echidna in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Images & Illustrations of echidna

  1. echidnaechidnaechidnaechidnaechidna

Popularity rank by frequency of use

echidna#100000#100413#333333

Translations for echidna

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for echidna »

Translation

Find a translation for the echidna definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these echidna definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "echidna." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 17 Oct. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/echidna>.

    Are we missing a good definition for echidna? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
    • A. staff
    • B. apex
    • C. rapture
    • D. confectionery

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for echidna: