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Echidna (E-kidʹ-na)

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Half-woman, half-serpent. She was mother of the Chimæra, the many-headed dog Orthos, the hundred - headed dragon of the Hesperides, the Colʹchian dragon, the Sphinx, Cerʹberos, Scylla, the Gorgons, the Lernæan hydra, the vulture that gnawed away the liver of Promeʹtheus, and the Nemʹean lion. (Hesiod.)        

“[She] seemed a woman to the waist, and fair

But ended foul in many a scaly fold,

Voluminous and vast.”


Milton: Paradise Lost, book ii. 650–2.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Eccentric
Eccentric Sensation
Eccentric Theory (The)
Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastical
Ecclesiasticus
Echidna (E-kid-na)
Echo
Echo
Eckhardt
Eclectics
Eclipses
Ecliptic
Eclogue
Ecnephia
École des Femmes
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