Origin of echidnaModern Latin from L, adder, viper from Gr, ultimately from Indo-European base an unverified form e?hi-, snake from source German egel, leech
Origin of echidnaLatin adder, viper from Greek ekhidna from ekhis
(plural echidnas or echidnae)
Through Latin, from Ancient Greek ἔχιδνα (ekhidna). Compare ἐχῖνος (ekhinos, “hedgehog”).
- (Greek mythology) A female monster who, along with Typhon, mothered the vast majority of the famous monsters and creatures of Greek mythology.
From Ancient Greek Ἔχιδνα (Ekhidna, “Echidna”), from ἔχιδνα (ekhidna, “viper”)