Definition of echidna
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Orthography ID = 2018665
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LNS
echidna, echidnae
echidna
ἔχιδνα
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. an adder, viper
  2. Nom. prop
  3. the Lernaean hydra, killed by Hercules
  4. A monster, half woman and half serpent, the mother of Cerberus
Abbreviations
echidna, ae, f., = ἔχιδνα, an adder, viper. The Furies were said to have them twined in their hair; hence: stipite te Stygio tumidisque adflavit Echidnis E tribus una soror, Ov. M. 10, 313.

— Nom. prop. Lernaea, the Lernaean hydra, killed by Hercules, Ov. M. 9, 69; 158; id. F. 5, 405.

— A monster, half woman and half serpent, the mother of Cerberus, Ov. M. 4, 501.

—Hence, Echidnēus, a, um, adj., of Echidna: canis, i. e. Cerberus, Ov. M. 7, 408.
 
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