Echidna

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Echidna Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • burrowing spine-covered monotreme of Australia having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites
  • New Guinea echidnas

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to New Guinea ,
  • a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to Australia

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Echidna Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Genus Tachyglossus    T. aculeatus Genus Zaglossus    Z. attenboroughi    Z. bruijnii Z. bartoni

Echidna, the spiny anteater, is a monotreme that lives in Australia and in New Guinea. They are the living members of the family Tachyglossidae.

Echnidas have a long, tube-like mouth with a sticky tongue, and they are also covered in spines. They have mammary glands, and lay eggs.

The echidna has a way of protecting itself. With its long, sharp claws, they quickly dig a hole until only their spines are showing. The predator will not be able to get to it without injuring itself. When there is a fire, the Echidna will dig down out of reach of the fire.


Meaning of the Name 'Echidna'


  • Meaning: Myth name (a monster)
  • Origin: Egyptian
  • Gender: Female


Echidna Sample Sentences in News


  • Mt Gravatt's indigenous cafe to run until late January
    If you travel to Mt Gravatt Outlook over the next three months you will still be able to have your share of indigenous magic at the lookout's Echidna Magic Cafe. Read more on this news related to 'Echidna'
  • Baby echidna born at Australia Zoo
    Staff at Australia Zoo are celebrating the birth of a new baby echidna, but it may be several years before they test whether it is a boy or a girl. Read more on this news related to 'Echidna'
  • Is it a boy or a girl?
    Staff at Australia Zoo are celebrating the birth of a new baby echidna, but it may be several years before they know the sex. Read more on this news related to 'Echidna'

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