Echidna


Echidna
Echidna E*chid"na ([-e]*k[i^]d"n[.a]), n. [L., a viper, adder, Gr. 'e`chidna.] 1. (Gr. Myth.) A monster, half maid and half serpent. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.