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(countable noun) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.
An egg-laying marsupial. Echidnas are about 35-50 centimetres long and have a long nose (around 10 centimetres) and long soft spikes on most of their body.
Example: we were forced to wait at the pedestrian crossing as an echidna was making his/her way across the road and into its home amongst the roots of a nearby strangler fig tree. (http://www.expeditionaustralia.com.au/chelles2008adventure/)
A young echidna crossing the road
(photo by Julia Miller)