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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.
The echidna is a hedgehog-like creature which is one of only two mammals to do what?
com/wiki/Knuckles_the_Echidna) Knuckles The Echidna , which appeared in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in 1994.
The material had to be an insulator that oxygen could run through easily using minimum energy, said co-author Echidna instrument scientist Dr James Hester.
The echidna, better known as spiny anteaters, share what special feature with only one other type of mammal?
8DA followed YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Drop-off 9 Theft 10 Run in 11 Sierras 12 She 13 Soft soap 16 Impaired 17 Hot 19 Echidna 21 Riser 22 Heron 23 Deliver DOWN: 1 Address 2 Moonbeam 3 Moan 4 Stressed 5 Deer 6 Stash 8 Fast-forward 13 Standing 14 Adhesive 15 Stir-fry 18 Delhi 20 Hare 21 Rill QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Crookedness 8 Sue 9 Web 11 Trailer 12 Drama 13 Rep 14 Gig 15 Besides 17 Pub 19 Ugly 21 Ally 23 Cone 25 Rota 27 Tom 29 Beneath 31 Par 34 Ton 36 Agent 37 Enclave 38 Yes 39 Key 40 Storyteller DOWN: 1 Cure 2 Reap 3 Oil well 4 Earwig 5 Nudge 6 Swag 7 Semi 8 Strip 10 Baggy 16 Sun 18 Bat 20 Get 22 Lab 24 Optical 25 Repay 26 Recent 28 Money 30 Enter 32 Ages 33 Rest 34 Take 35 Over
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