urchin

noun
ur·​chin | \ ˈər-chən How to pronounce urchin (audio) \

Definition of urchin

1 archaic : hedgehog sense 1a
2 : a mischievous and often poor and raggedly clothed youngster street urchins

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Examples of urchin in a Sentence

we could never resist the little urchin's pleas for candy

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No caterwauling urchins on the fetid streets of Paris. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Les Misérables’ Review: No One Hears the People Sing," 11 Apr. 2019 The 2016-17 Southeast Alaska sea cucumber fishery was valued at $5.3 million to fishermen, geoduck clams at nearly $3 million, over $7 million for Dungeness crab and $677,000 for red urchins. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Sea otters are wiping out Southeast dive fisheries, managers say," 21 Jan. 2018 The urchins feast on a conveyor belt of kelp salad — leaves that have broken off kelp plants. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "In a five-person submarine, scientists in Friday Harbor unravel the mysteries of the Salish Sea," 16 Sep. 2018 Garrett, once the urchin, was on his way to becoming a pro-surfer champion. Paul Theroux, Smithsonian, "The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wave," 27 June 2018 Based on the 1992 animated film of the same name, the musical tells the story of a lovable street urchin who, with the help of a genie, learns that love is not contingent on class. Brandon T. Harden, Philly.com, "Review: 'Aladdin' at the Academy of Music overcomes technical difficulties to earn its place as one of the hottest tickets of the summer," 18 June 2018 His sternman, Roger, pulled urchins from the net on the next run and packed them into crates. Porter Fox, WSJ, "A Seafood Hater Chases Fish in Maine," 6 June 2018 The purple urchin infestation has had economic as well as ecological ramifications. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Northern California divers try to save abalone population — with a giant sea urchin vacuum," 5 Apr. 2018 When otters venture into the undersea areas eaten bare by urchin, they are easily spotted by one of their main predators, the great white shark. Washington Post, "Sea otters rebound but struggle to regain historic range," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of urchin

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for urchin

Middle English yrchoun, urchoun, from Anglo-French heriçun, hirechoun, from Old French *eriz, from Latin ericius, from eris; akin to Greek chēr hedgehog

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urchin

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English Language Learners Definition of urchin

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

urchin

noun
ur·​chin | \ ˈər-chən How to pronounce urchin (audio) \

Kids Definition of urchin

1 : a mischievous or disrespectful youngster

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