[ih-kid-nuh] /ɪˈkɪd nə/
Also called spiny anteater. any of several insectivorous monotremes of the genera Tachyglossus, of Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea, and Zaglossus, of New Guinea, that have claws and a slender snout and are covered with coarse hair and long spines.
noun (pl) -nas, -nae (-niː)
any of the spine-covered monotreme mammals of the genera Tachyglossus of Australia and Zaglossus of New Guinea: family Tachyglossidae. They have a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites Also called spiny anteater
Australian egg-laying hedgehog-like mammal, 1847, usually explained as from Greek ekhidna “snake, viper,” from ekhis “snake,” from PIE *angwhi- “snake, eel” (cf. Norwegian igle, Old High German egala, German Egel “leech,” Latin anguis “serpent, snake”).
But this sense is difficult to reconcile with this animal (unless it is a reference to the ant-eating tongue), and the name seems more properly to belong to Latin echinus, Greek ekhinos “sea-urchin,” originally “hedgehog” (in Greek also “sharp points”), which Watkins explains as “snake-eater,” from ekhis “snake.”
Constraint logic programming embedded in an object-oriented language. The syntax is an extension of Edinburgh Prolog.
[“Hierarchical Arc Consistency Applied to Numeric Processing in Constraint Logic Programming”, G. Sidebottom et al, TR-91-06, CSS-IS, Simon Fraser U, and Comp Intell 8(4) (1992)].
1. a combining form meaning “prickly; spiny,” used in the formation of compound words: echinulate. 2. a combining form representing in compound words: echinoid. combining form 1. indicating spiny or prickly: echinoderm echino- or echin- pref. Spiny: echinococcosis.
[ek-uh-ney-shuh, -see-uh] /ˌɛk əˈneɪ ʃə, -si ə/ noun 1. any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea whose leaves, roots, and other parts are used in herbal medicine to promote wound healing and enhance the immune system. /ˌɛkɪˈneɪʃɪə/ noun 1. Also called purple coneflower. either of the two N American plants of the genus Echinacea, […]
[ih-kahy-neyt, -nit, ek-uh-neyt, -nit] /ɪˈkaɪ neɪt, -nɪt, ˈɛk əˌneɪt, -nɪt/ adjective 1. bristly; prickly. /ˈɛkɪˌneɪt/ adjective 1. (biology) covered with spines, bristles, or bristle-like outgrowths
[ih-kahy-nuh s] /ɪˈkaɪ nəs/ noun, plural echini [ih-kahy-nahy] /ɪˈkaɪ naɪ/ (Show IPA) 1. any sea urchin of the genus Echinus. 2. Architecture. /ɪˈkaɪnəs/ noun (pl) -ni (-naɪ) 1. (architect) an ovolo moulding between the shaft and the abacus of a Doric column 2. any of the sea urchins of the genus Echinus, such as E. […]