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echidna definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to New Guinea [syn: echidna, spiny anteater, anteater]
2: a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to Australia [syn: echidna, spiny anteater, anteater]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, viper, from Greek more at ophitic Date: 1832 a spiny-coated toothless burrowing nocturnal monotreme mammal (Tachyglossus aculeatus) of Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea that has a long extensible tongue and long heavy claws and that feeds chiefly on ants; also a related mammal (Zaglossus bruijni) of New Guinea having a longer snout and shorter spines

Britannica Concise

Either of two species of egg-laying mammals (monotreme family Tachyglossidae). Echidnas are stocky and virtually tailless. They have strong-clawed feet and spines on the upper part of the brownish body. The snout is narrow, the mouth small, and the tongue long and sticky for feeding on termites and ants. New Guinea echidnas are 18-31 in. (45-78 cm) long and piglike; valued for their meat, they are declining in numbers. Echidnas of Australia and Tasmania are 14-21 in. (35-53 cm) long. Echidnas exude milk from mammary openings on the skin, and the young lap it up. See also anteater, pangolin.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. any of several egg-laying pouch-bearing mammals native to Australia and New Guinea, with a covering of spines, and having a long snout and long claws. Also called spiny anteater. Etymology: mod.L f. Gk ekhidna viper

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Echidna E*chid"na, n. [L., a viper, adder, Gr. ?.] 1. (Gr. Myth.) A monster, half maid and half serpent. 2. (Zo["o]l.) 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.



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