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From: "Timothy Reilly" <treilly@ozemail.com.au>
Subject: (whorl) Re: Digest whorl.v010.n102
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 09:07:45 +1000

Kieran Mullen wrote:
>    No doubt half a hundred people will write to you that the definition of
> echidna:
>    echidna \E*chid"na\, n. [L., a viper, adder, Gr. ?.] 1. (Gr. Myth.) A
> monster, half maid and half serpent.
>    (Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary)
> Is probably the one you want.  Unless of course Wolfe meant:
>    Echidna:  Constraint logic programming embedded in an object-oriented
> language. The syntax is an extension of Edinburgh Prolog.
>   ["Hierarchical Arc Consistency Applied to Numeric Processing in
> Logic Programming", G. Sidebottom et al, TR-91-06, CSS-IS, Simon Fraser U,
> Comp Intell 8(4) (1992)].
> since she *is* a computer construct...  Nah... ;-).

Similarly Alice Turner wrote:
> And, btw, Tim, long before a little hedgehog was named an echidna, the
name was applied to a frightful monster, half woman, half serpent, who ate
men raw and bore a brood of monsters to Typhon. The name means "she-viper."
Check it out in any Greek mythology compendium, or go to the source, Hesiod.

As I said in my original post on the subject, I possess Lexicon Urthus so I
know there are alternative definitions, and doubtless this is what Wolfe had
in mind.  But you see when someone says Echidna here, what springs to mind
is the cute hedgehog, not the above.  So you see my difficulty.  Or perhaps
not.  Anyway, I'll shut up about it now!

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