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Definitions for echidnaɪˈkɪd nə

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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


  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

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


  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.


  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

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