urchin

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ur·chin

noun \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>
3

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

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms

anemone, cephalopod, quahog

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