Definition of echidna noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈkɪdnə//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈkɪdnə//
(also spiny anteater) Wild mammals
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an Australasian animal which has a long nose, sharp claws on its feet, and sharp spines on its body, and which eats insects See related entries: Wild mammals Word Originmid 19th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek ekhidna ‘viper’, also the name of a mythical creature which gave birth to the Hydra (a snake with several heads, in ancient Greek mythology); compare with ekhinos ‘sea urchin, hedgehog’.
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