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urchin

noun ur·chin \ˈər-chən\

: a usually poor and dirty child who annoys people or causes minor trouble

Full Definition of URCHIN

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archaic :  hedgehog 1a
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:  a mischievous and often poor and raggedly clothed youngster <street urchins>
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Examples of URCHIN

  1. <we could never resist the little urchin's pleas for candy>

Origin of URCHIN

Middle English yrchoun, urchoun, from Anglo-French heriçun, hirechoun, from Old French *eriz, from Latin ericius, from eris; akin to Greek chēr hedgehog
First Known Use: 14th century

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anemone, cephalopod, quahog
URCHIN Defined for Kids

urchin

noun ur·chin \ˈər-chən\

Definition of URCHIN for Kids

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:  a mischievous or disrespectful youngster
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Word History of URCHIN

The English word urchin first meant hedgehog. In the 1500s some people seem to have compared mischievous children to hedgehogs and began calling them urchins. The sea urchin got its name because it has spines like a hedgehog.

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