plural noun

: a family of chiefly arboreal hystricomorph rodents comprising the typical New World porcupines with the tail more or less prehensile and the soles of the feet specialized for climbing

Word History


New Latin, from Erethizont-, Erethizon, type genus + -idae

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“Erethizontidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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