An Australian echidna.
Origin of echidnaModern Latin ; from Classical Latin adder, viper ; from Classical Greek ultimately ; from Indo-European base an unverified form eĝhi-, snake from source German egel, leech
Origin of echidnaLatin, adder, viper, from Greek ekhidna, from ekhis.
(plural echidnas or echidnae)
- Any of the species of small spined monotremes in family Tachyglossidae, the four extant species of which are found in Australia and southern New Guinea.
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”)