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e·chid·na

 (ĭ-kĭd′nə)
n.
Any of several nocturnal burrowing egg-laying mammals of the genera Tachyglossus and Zaglossus of Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea, having a spiny coat, a slender snout, and an extensible sticky tongue used for catching insects. Also called spiny anteater.

[Latin, adder, viper, from Greek ekhidna, from ekhis.]

echidna

(ɪˈkɪdnə)
n, pl -nas or -nae (-niː)
(Animals) any of the spine-covered monotreme mammals of the genera Tachyglossus of Australia and Zaglossus of New Guinea: family Tachyglossidae. They have a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites. Also called: spiny anteater
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin: viper, from Greek ekhidna]

e•chid•na

(ɪˈkɪd nə)

n., pl. -nas.
any long-snouted, spiny, insectivorous monotreme of the family Tachyglossidae, of Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea.
Also called spiny anteater.
[< New Latin (1798), orig. a genus name; Latin: serpent, Echidna (a mythical creature that gave birth to the Hydra and other monsters) < Greek échidna, akin to échis viper]

e·chid·na

(ĭ-kĭd′nə)
Either of two burrowing, egg-laying mammals having a spiny coat, slender snout, and long sticky tongue used for catching ants and termites. Echidnas are toothless and have claws used for digging. They are found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.echidna - a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termitesechidna - a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to New Guinea
egg-laying mammal, monotreme - the most primitive mammals comprising the only extant members of the subclass Prototheria
genus Zaglossus, Zaglossus - a genus of Tachyglossidae
2.echidna - a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termitesechidna - a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to Australia
egg-laying mammal, monotreme - the most primitive mammals comprising the only extant members of the subclass Prototheria
genus Tachyglossus, Tachyglossus - type genus of the family Tachyglossidae
Translations
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