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Porcupine

Porcupine Meaning & Definition
Porcupine Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Porcupine?

[n] relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur

Synonyms | Synonyms for Porcupine: hedgehog

Related Terms | Find terms related to Porcupine: ape | bar | bear | Cape polecat | cavy | chimp | chimpanzee | coon | ferret | foumart | glutton | groundhog | guinea pig | hedgehog | monk | monkey | mousehound | opossum | polecat | possum | prairie dog | quill pig | raccoon | skunk | weasel | whistle-pig | wolverine | woodchuck | zoril

See Also | gnawer | gnawing animal | New World porcupine | Old World porcupine | quill | rodent

Porcupine In Webster's Dictionary

\Por"cu*pine\, n. [OE. porkepyn, porpentine, OF. porc-espi, F. porc-['e]pic (cf. It. porco spino, porco spinoso, Sp. puerco espino, puerco espin, fr. L. porcus swine + spina thorn, spine). The last part of the French word is perhaps a corruption from the It. or Sp.; cf. F. ['e]pi ear, a spike of grain, L. spica. See {Pork}, {Spike} a large nail, {Spine}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any Old Word rodent of the genus {Hystrix}, having the back covered with long, sharp, erectile spines or quills, sometimes a foot long. The common species of Europe and Asia ({Hystrix cristata}) is the best known. 2. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of {Erethizon} and related genera, native of America. They are related to the true porcupines, but have shorter spines, and are arboreal in their habits. The Canada porcupine ({Erethizon dorsatus}) is a well known species. {Porcupine ant-eater} (Zo["o]l.), the echidna. {Porcupine crab} (Zo["o]l.), a large spiny Japanese crab ({Acantholithodes hystrix}). {Porcupine disease} (Med.). See {Ichthyosis}. {Porcupine fish} (Zo["o]l.), any plectognath fish having the body covered with spines which become erect when the body is inflated. See {Diodon}, and {Globefish}. {Porcupine grass} (Bot.), a grass ({Stipa spartea}) with grains bearing a stout twisted awn, which, by coiling and uncoiling through changes in moisture, propels the sharp-pointed and barbellate grain into the wool and flesh of sheep. It is found from Illinois westward. See Illustration in Appendix. {Porcupine wood} (Bot.), the hard outer wood of the cocoa palm; -- so called because, when cut horizontally, the markings of the wood resemble the quills of a porcupine.

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