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hedge·hog

 (hĕj′hôg′, -hŏg′)
n.
1. Any of several small insectivorous mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae, native to Eurasia and Africa and naturalized in New Zealand, having dense erectile spines covering the back and sides and characteristically rolling into a ball for protection.
2. Any of several spiny animals, such as the porcupine, that are similar to the hedgehog.
3. A well fortified military position.
4. An antisubmarine weapon consisting of several rows of mortar-like dischargers positioned to fire in a circular pattern ahead of a ship.
5. An obstacle used against tanks and landing craft, consisting of three crossed iron bars welded or bolted together.
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hedgehog

(ˈhɛdʒˌhɒɡ)
n
1. (Animals) any small nocturnal Old World mammal of the genus Erinaceus, such as E. europaeus, and related genera, having a protective covering of spines on the back: family Erinaceidae, order Insectivora (insectivores).
2. (Animals) any other insectivore of the family Erinaceidae, such as the moon rat
3. (Animals) US any of various other spiny animals, esp the porcupine
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hedge•hog

(ˈhɛdʒˌhɒg, -ˌhɔg)

n.
1. any Old World insectivore of the family Erinaceidae, esp. of the genus Erinaceus, having spiny hairs on the back and sides.
2. the American porcupine.
3.
a. any of various types of defensive obstacles used to impede tanks, amphibious forces, etc.
b. a strong point in a fortified line capable of directing fire on all sides.
[1400–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hedgehog - relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the furhedgehog - 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
2.hedgehog - small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spineshedgehog - small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines
insectivore - small insect-eating mainly nocturnal terrestrial or fossorial mammals
Erinaceus, genus Erinaceus - type genus of the family Erinaceidae: hedgehogs
quill - a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
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hedgehog

noun
Related words
adjective erinaceous
young hoglet
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Translations
ježek
pindsvin
siil
siili
jež
sündisznósün
broddgöltur
ハリネズミ
고슴도치
erinaceus
ežys
ezis
arici
ježježko
jež
igelkottspansk ryttare
เม่น
їжак
con nhím

hedgehog

[ˈhedʒhɒg] Nerizo m
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hedgehog

[ˈhɛdʒhɒg] nhérisson m
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hedgehog

nIgel m
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hedgehog

[ˈhɛdʒˌhɒg] nriccio
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hedge

(hedʒ) noun
a line of bushes etc planted so closely together that their branches form a solid mass, grown round the edges of gardens, fields etc.
verb
1. to avoid giving a clear answer to a question.
2. (with in or off) to enclose (an area of land) with a hedge.
ˈhedgehog noun
a small brown prickly-backed animal.
ˈhedgerow (-rou) noun
a row of bushes forming a hedge, especially in the country.
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hedgehog

قُنْفُذ ježek pindsvin Igel σκαντζόχοιρος erizo siili hérisson jež riccio ハリネズミ 고슴도치 egel pinnsvin jeż ouriço еж igelkott เม่น kirpi con nhím 刺猬
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