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 Echidna (E-kid’-na).Echo. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Echo.
 
The Romans say that Echo was a nymph in love with Narcissus, but her love not being returned, she pined away till only her voice remained. We use the word to imply similarity of sentiment: as You echo my ideas; That is an echo to my opinion.
       
“Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv’st unseen
       
Within thy airy shell,
       
By slow Meänder’s margent green …
Canst thou not tell me of a gentle pair
That likest thy Narcissus are?”
       
Milton: Comus, 230, etc.
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 Echidna (E-kid’-na).Echo. 

 
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