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porcupine

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noun por·cu·pine \ˈpȯr-kyə-ˌpīn\

Simple Definition of porcupine

  • : a small animal that has very stiff, sharp parts (called quills) all over its body

Full Definition of porcupine

plural porcupines also porcupine

  1. :  any of various relatively large slow-moving chiefly herbivorous rodents having sharp erectile spines mingled with the hair and constituting an Old World terrestrial family (Hystricidae) and a New World chiefly arboreal family (Erethizontidae)

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Origin of porcupine

Middle English porke despyne, from Middle French porc espin, from Old Italian porcospino, from Latin porcus pig + spina spine, prickle


First Known Use: 15th century


Porcupine

geographical name por·cu·pine

Definition of Porcupine

  1. river 448 miles (721 kilometers) in N Yukon Territory & NE Alaska flowing N & W into the Yukon





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