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hedgehog

noun hedge·hog \ˈhej-ˌhg, -ˌhäg\

: a small, brown animal of Europe, Asia, and Africa that has sharp spines on its back and that can roll itself up into a ball

Full Definition of HEDGEHOG

1
a :  any of a subfamily (Erinaceinae) of Eurasian and African nocturnal insectivores that have both hair and spines which they present outwardly by rolling themselves up when threatened
b :  any of several spiny mammals (as a porcupine)
2
a :  a military defensive obstacle (as of barbed wire)
b :  a well-fortified military stronghold

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First Known Use of HEDGEHOG

15th century
HEDGEHOG Defined for Kids

hedgehog

noun hedge·hog \ˈhej-ˌhg, -ˌhäg\

Definition of HEDGEHOG for Kids

1
:  a mammal of Europe, Asia, and Africa that eats insects, has sharp spines mixed with the hair on its back, and is able to roll itself up into a ball when threatened
2
:  porcupine
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