Examples of urchin in a Sentence
we could never resist the little urchin's pleas for candy
Recent Examples of urchin from the Web
Local ingredients, especially fish, remain the focus: scallops, oysters, sea urchin, mussels, clams, crab, cod and roe all appear on a sample menu.
While sea urchin sperm also didn’t do so well, fish, fruit flies, and nematodes successfully reproduced.
The former street urchin took a succession of jobs in garment factories and picked up some English along the way.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
URCHIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of urchin for English Language Learners
: a usually poor and dirty child who annoys people or causes minor trouble
URCHIN Defined for Kids
History for 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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