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echidna

[ ih-kid-nuh ]
/ ɪˈkɪd nə /
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Definition of echidna

noun
Also called spiny anteater. any of several insectivorous monotremes of the genera Tachyglossus, of Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea, and Zaglossus, of New Guinea, that have claws and a slender snout and are covered with coarse hair and long spines.
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Origin of echidna

<New Latin (1798), originally a genus name; Latin: serpent, Echidna a mythical creature which gave birth to the Hydra and other monsters <Greek échidna, akin to échis viper
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British Dictionary definitions for echidna

echidna
/ (ɪˈkɪdnə) /

noun plural -nas or -nae (-niː)
any of the spine-covered monotreme mammals of the genera Tachyglossus of Australia and Zaglossus of New Guinea: family Tachyglossidae. They have a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termitesAlso called: spiny anteater

Word Origin for echidna

C19: from New Latin, from Latin: viper, from Greek ekhidna
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