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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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8DA YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Echidna 9 Noble 10 Tipsy 11 Secrete 12 Tea 13 Nastiest 16 Chairman 17 Roc 19 Terrain 21 Gouda 22 Aspic 23 Siamese DOWN: 1 Testate 2 Whiplash 3 Eddy 4 Inaction 5 Able 6 Beset 8 Assessments 13 Nuisance 14 Shrouded 15 Scrapes 18 Steak 20 Rapt 21 Goal QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Distinguish 8 Fed 9 Lap 11 Release 12 Stole 13 Ore 14 Won 15 Seventy 17 Toe 19 Obey 21 Lynx 23 Lobe 25 Hike 27 Ewe 29 Scraper 31 Rat 34 Who 36 Store 37 Cheered 38 Hog 39 Are 40 Masking tape DOWN: 1 Deer 2 Idle 3 Trade in 4 Needed 5 Upset 6 Slow 7 Halo 8 Frost 10 Penny 16 Yob 18 Elk 20 Bee 22 Yes 24 Overeat 25 Harsh 26 Cancan 28 Erode 30 Creak 32 Atom 33 Toga 34 Wrap 35 Here followed
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Readers have to look very carefully, just as Nan told Simon to do, to find the butterfly, frog, gecko, echidna, owl, and stick insect concealed in the illustrations.