echidna

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n echidna a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to Australia
    • n echidna a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to New Guinea
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The platypus and echidna are the only mammals that hatch from eggs. Both live in Australia.
    • Echidna (Zoöl) A genus of Monotremata found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. They are toothless and covered with spines; -- called also porcupine ant-eater, and Australian ant-eater.
    • Echidna (Gr. Myth) A monster, half maid and half serpent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n echidna In ichthyology, a genus of anguilliform fishes: generally accounted a synonym of Muræna. Forster, 1778.
    • n echidna In herpetology, a genus of reptiles: used by Wagler and others for the genus of vipers (Viperidæ) called Bitis by Gray and Cope. Merrem, 1820.
    • n echidna In mammalogy:
    • n echidna The typical genus of the family Echidnidæ, containing the aculeated ant-eater or spiny ant-eater of Australia and Tasmania, E. hystrix or aculeata, and another species, E. lawesi of New Guinea, together with a fossil one, E. oweni. They have 5 toes on each foot; the snout is straight and moderately developed. Tachyglossus is the same, and is the name properly to be used for this genus according to zoological rules of nomenclature, the name Echidna having been preoccupied in another sense, though it has most currency in this sense. See Acanthoglossus, ant-eater. Cuvier, 1797.
    • n echidna [lowercase] A species of the genus Echidna or family Echidnidæ. The echidna resembles a large hedgehog, excepting that the spines are much longer, and the snout is long and slender, with a small aperture at the end for the protrusion of the long, flexible, worm-like tongue. The animal is nocturnal, fossorial, and insectivorous, and catches insects with its long, sticky tongue, whence it is known as the porcupine ant-eater. The echidna is closely related to the ornithorhynchus, or duck-billed platypus, and, like it, is oviparous.
    • n echidna A genus of echinoderms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Echidna ek-id′na a genus of Australian toothless burrowing monotremate mammals, armed with porcupine-like spines, laying eggs instead of bringing forth the young
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a viper, adder, Gr. 'e`chidna
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed from Gr. echidna, a viper.

Usage

In literature:

Echidna, anomalous character of.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
THAT RENOWMED SNAKE, the Lernaean Hydra, a monster with nine or more heads, offspring of Typhon and Echidna.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
Helaeus echidna, new species.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
Even in Australia itself the ornithorhynchus and echidna have had to put up perforce with the lower places in the hierarchy of nature.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
The Sphinx, begotten of Typhon and Echidna, has the head and face of a virgin, the wings of a bird, and the body of a dog.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
SPHINX was a female monster, daughter of Typhon and Echidna.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
It was the progeny of Typha'on and Echidna.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
The Sphinx was a monster, the offspring of Typhon and Echidna, which haunted a mountain near Thebes.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Th' unwitting warrior takes it, and straight clothes His shoulders with Echidna's poisonous gore.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
Mullingong and Echidna, 392.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
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In news:

Brainy Echidna Proves Looks Aren't Everything.
A MIXED BAG The long-beaked echidna is hard to find but easy to appreciate.
There's a caveat on the living trees, but don't chop up the dead wood: especially not the trunks stretched hollow, homes of snakes and echidnas.
Echidnas are spiny mammals that live in Australia and are like the weird cousins of duck-billed platypuses.
Like a momma platypus, a momma echidna lays eggs, which she then hatches in a marsupial-like pouch.
Echidna study unlocks mating habits.
Scientists in Australia have unlocked the breeding habits of a small animal called the echidna , opening the way for them to save a range of endangered mammals in the wild.
It's actually an echidna puggle — and it's really cute.
Brainy Echidna Proves Looks Aren't Everything.
The long-beaked echidna is one of the oldest, rarest, shyest, silliest-looking yet potentially most illuminating mammals on earth.
Australia's Perth Zoo is celebrating what it says is a "world first" with its echidna breeding program.
Echidna study unlocks mating habits.
Scientists in Australia have unlocked the breeding habits of a small animal called the echidna, opening the way for them to save a range of endangered mammals in the wild.
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