Echidna Definition

ĭ-kĭdnə
echidnas
noun
echidnas
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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(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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Other Word Forms of Echidna

Noun

Singular:
echidna
Plural:
echidnae, echidnas

Origin of Echidna

  • 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

  • Latin adder, viper from Greek ekhidna from ekhis

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

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