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hedgehog

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noun hedge·hog \ˈhej-ˌhȯg, -ˌhäg\

Simple Definition of hedgehog

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hedgehog

  1. 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. 2 a :  a military defensive obstacle (as of barbed wire) b :  a well-fortified military stronghold

Illustration of hedgehog

15th Century

First Known Use of hedgehog

15th century


HEDGEHOG Defined for Kids

hedgehog

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noun hedge·hog \ˈhej-ˌhȯg, -ˌhäg\

Definition of hedgehog for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  porcupine





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