Definition of antechinus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌantɪˈkʌɪnəs/


A marsupial mouse of shrew-like habits and appearance, found in Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania.
  • Genera Antechinus and Parantechinus, family Dasyuridae: several species.
Example sentences
  • The male antechinus can mate for 12 hours at a time.
  • 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.


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

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