Echidna meaning

ĭ-kĭdnə
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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.
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Any of a family (Tachyglossidae) of small, toothless Australasian monotremes with a long, tapering snout and a sticky, extensible tongue; spiny anteater.
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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.
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(Greek mythology) A female monster who, along with Typhon, mothered the vast majority of the famous monsters and creatures of Greek mythology.
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Origin of echidna

  • Latin adder, viper from Greek ekhidna from ekhis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Through Latin, from Ancient Greek ἔχιδνα (ekhidna). Compare ἐχῖνος (ekhinos, “hedgehog”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek Ἔχιδνα (Ekhidna, “Echidna”), from ἔχιδνα (ekhidna, “viper”)

    From Wiktionary