Definition of antechinus in English:

antechinus

noun

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

    • ‘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.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek anti- ‘simulating’ + ekhinos ‘sea urchin, hedgehog’ (from its bristly fur).

Pronunciation

antechinus

/ˌantɪˈkʌɪnəs/