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echidna

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noun echid·na \i-ˈkid-nə\

Definition of echidna

  1. :  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



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Origin of echidna

New Latin, from Latin, viper, from Greek — more at ophitic


First Known Use: 1832


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