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Echidna Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    echidna n
  1. New Guinea echidnas [syn: spiny anteater, anteater]
  2. burrowing spine-covered monotreme of Australia having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites [syn: spiny anteater, anteater] [also: echidnae (pl)]
Echidna Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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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Genus Tachyglossus    T. aculeatus Genus Zaglossus    Z. attenboroughi    Z. bruijnii    Z. bartoni    †Z. hacketti    †Z. robustus Genus †Megalibgwilia    †M. ramsayi    †M. robusta

Echidnas ( /ɪˈkɪdnə/), also known as spiny anteaters, Although their diet consists largely of ants and termites, they are only distantly related to the true anteaters of the Americas. They live in New Guinea and Australia. The echidnas are named after a monster in ancient Greek mythology.

Echidnas are small mammals that are covered with coarse hair and spines. Superficially they resemble the anteaters of South America and other spiny mammals like hedgehogs and porcupines. They have snouts which have the functiοns of both mouth and nose. Their snouts are elongated and slender. Like the platypus, they are equipped with electrosensor, but while the platypus have 40,000 electroreceptors on its bill, the long-billed echidna has only 2,000, and the short-billed echidna who lives in a drier environment, has no more than 400 located at the tip of its snout.

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Meaning of the Name 'Echidna'

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

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