from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two nocturnal, burrowing, egg-laying mammals of the genera Tachyglossus and Zaglossus of Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea, having a spiny coat, slender snout, and an extensible sticky tongue used for catching insects. Also called spiny anteater.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the four species of small spined monotremes, also known as a spiny anteaters, found in Australia and southern New Guinea.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A monster, half maid and half serpent.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ichthyology, a genus of anguilliform fishes: generally accounted a synonym of Muræna. Forster, 1778.
- n. 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. In mammalogy:
- n. 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.
- n. [lowercase] A species of the genus Echidna or family Echidnidæ.
- n. A genus of echinoderms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to New Guinea
- n. a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to Australia
Latin, adder, viper, from Greek ekhidna, from ekhis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Through Latin, from Ancient Greek ἔχιδνα (ekhidna). Compare ἐχῖνος (ekhinos, "hedgehog"). (Wiktionary)