spiny anteater


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spiny anteater

n.

spiny anteater

n
(Animals) another name for echidna

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]
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Noun1.spiny anteater - a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termitesspiny anteater - 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.spiny anteater - a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termitesspiny anteater - 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
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The spiny anteater living in Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea as well as the duck-billed platypus are monotremes.
"Stunno's Surf Adventure" is a unique, exciting, fantastic tale of a surfing echidna, or Australian spiny anteater. Told in bold down-under surfer slang, with action verse and authentically decorated Australian animal characters, "Stunno's Surf Adventure" is bound to strike a welcome chord of recognition among young readers age 6 and up.
There are about five billion coins -- made from copper and nickel and stamped with images of the native echidna or spiny anteater -- in circulation in Australia.
Which continent is home to the only two egg-laying mammals, the platypus and the spiny anteater? 8.
The pangolin Like a spiny anteater, the pangolin had been encountered by Attenborough before - in 1956, in Bali, when he was "collecting animals for London Zoo" (as you do).