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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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References in classic literature ?
295-305) And in a hollow cave she bare another monster, irresistible, in no wise like either to mortal men or to the undying gods, even the goddess fierce Echidna who is half a nymph with glancing eyes and fair cheeks, and half again a huge snake, great and awful, with speckled skin, eating raw flesh beneath the secret parts of the holy earth.
Her did Pegasus and noble Bellerophon slay; but Echidna was subject in love to Orthus and brought forth the deadly Sphinx which destroyed the Cadmeans, and the Nemean lion, which Hera, the good wife of Zeus, brought up and made to haunt the hills of Nemea, a plague to men.
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Some of the creatures included are kangaroos, dingoes, snakes, scorpions, bilbies, echidnas and witchetty grubs--all of which come vividly to life.
The endpapers are covered with different coloured sentences giving a lot of factual information about echidnas, extending the usefulness of the book to older age groups.
Para Wirra is home to a wealth of wildlife including western grey kangaroos, echidnas, bearded dragons, and more than 100 species of birds; it also has walking trails, picnic and barbeque facilities, a sports oval, lookouts and a lake that make it a relaxing spot to visit, or be active by cycling on sealed roads, horse riding and dog-walking.
Australian fare was often very stereotypical country scenes and the usual cast of kangaroos, cockatoos, koalas, platypuses, emus and echidnas.
In my teaching, for example, I show students old tree stumps that are habitat for echidnas in our local forest.
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There is also a section on wild life, such as echidnas, possums, wombats and flying foxes.
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