- n Tachyglossus type genus of the family Tachyglossidae
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n tachyglossus The typical genus of Tachyglossidæ, containing the common aculeated ant-eater of Australia, T. aculeata or T. hystrix. When Illiger proposed the name only this species was known. The genus has been oftenest called Echidna, but that name is preoccupied in a different sense. Tachyglossus is therefore the proper name of the present genus.