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”)
- The Marsupials include the Macro pus or kangaroo; the opossums, Phalangista vulpina and P. Cookii; the opossum-mouse, Dromicia nana; Perameles or bandicoot; Hypsiprymnus or kangaroo rat; Phascolomys or wombat; while of Monotremata there are the Echidna or porcupine ant-eater and the duck-billed platypus.
- Amongst his children by Echidna are Cerberus, the Lernaean hydra, and the Chimaera.
- There are two varieties of this species, the Port Moresby echidna and the hairy echidna.
- A number of monsters, as Echidna, Geryon and the hound of hell, were born of the loves of various elemental powers.
- ECHIDNA, or Porcupine Ant-Eater (Echidna aculeata), one of the few species of Monotremata, the lowest subclass of Mammalia, forming the family Echidnidae.