antechinus /ˌantɪˈkʌɪnəs/


I. noun

a marsupial mouse of shrew-like habits and appearance, found in Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania.

●Genera Antechinus and Parantechinus, family Dasyuridae: several species.
– origin modern Latin, from Greek anti- ‘simulating’ + ekhinos ‘sea urchin, hedgehog’ (from its bristly fur).

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