One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A marsupial mouse that resembles a shrew, found in Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania.
Genera Antechinus and Parantechinus, family Dasyuridae: several species
- ‘In the daytime he sometimes found a tiny possum curled up asleep in the cutlery drawer or in a bowl on the kitchen shelf, or he glimpsed an antechinus by the door.’
- ‘Lace monitors and yellow-footed antechinus accounted for 7.6% and 2.7% of all nests, respectively.’
- ‘The male antechinus can mate for 12 hours at a time.’
Modern Latin, from Greek anti- ‘simulating’ + ekhinos ‘sea urchin, hedgehog’ (from its bristly fur).
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