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por·cu·pine

 (pôr′kyə-pīn′)
n.
Any of various rodents of the family Hystricidae, of Eurasia and Africa, or the family Erethizontidae, of the Americas, having long, sharp, erectile quills.

[Middle English porke despine, from Old French porc espin, ultimately (perhaps via Old Italian porcospino) from Vulgar Latin *porcospīnus : Latin porcus, pig; see porko- in Indo-European roots + Latin spīna, thorn, spine (probably translation of Late Greek akanthokhoiros, hedgehog : Greek akantha, thorn + Greek khoiros, pig).]

porcupine

(ˈpɔːkjʊˌpaɪn)
n
(Animals) any of various large hystricomorph rodents of the families Hystricidae, of Africa, Indonesia, S Europe, and S Asia, and Erethizontidae, of the New World. All species have a body covering of protective spines or quills
[C14 porc despyne pig with spines, from Old French porc espin; see pork, spine]
ˈporcuˌpinish adj
ˈporcuˌpiny adj

por•cu•pine

(ˈpɔr kyəˌpaɪn)

n.
any large rodent of the New World family Erethizontidae or the Old World family Hystricidae, having stiff, sharp, erectile spines or quills.
[1375–1425; late Middle English porcupyne, porcapyne, Middle English porke despyne < Middle French porc d'espine literally, thorny pig. See pork, spine]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.porcupine - relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the furporcupine - relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur
quill - a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
Old World porcupine - terrestrial porcupine
New World porcupine - arboreal porcupine
Translations
شَيْهَم، نيص
dikobraz
hulepindsvin
piikkisika
dikobraz
tarajos sül
broddgöltur
dygliakiaulė
dzeloņcūka
dikobraz
ježevec
dikobraz
piggsvin
oklu kirpi

porcupine

[ˈpɔːkjʊpaɪn]
A. Npuerco m espín
B. CPD porcupine fish Npez m globo

porcupine

[ˈpɔːrkjʊpaɪn] nporc-épic m

porcupine

porcupine

[ˈpɔːkjʊˌpaɪn] nporcospino

porcupine

(ˈpoːkjupain) noun
a kind of gnawing animal covered with long prickles (called quills), and larger than a hedgehog.