hedgehog


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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.

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

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]
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

hedgehog

noun
Related words
adjective erinaceous
young hoglet
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

hedgehog

[ˈhɛdʒhɒg] nhérisson m

hedgehog

nIgel m

hedgehog

[ˈhɛdʒˌhɒg] nriccio

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.

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
References in classic literature ?
I don't think they play at all fairly,' Alice began, in rather a complaining tone, `and they all quarrel so dreadfully one can't hear oneself speak--and they don't seem to have any rules in particular; at least, if there are, nobody attends to them--and you've no idea how confusing it is all the things being alive; for instance, there's the arch I've got to go through next walking about at the other end of the ground--and I should have croqueted the Queen's hedgehog just now, only it ran away when it saw mine coming
In answer to their questions Colia explained that the hedgehog was not his, and that he had left another boy, Kostia Lebedeff, waiting for him outside.
A Hedgehog, passing by, saw his anguish and inquired if he should drive away the flies that were tormenting him.
Besides the gold-fish in the pond at the bottom of his garden, he had rabbits in the pantry, white mice in his piano, a squirrel in the linen closet and a hedgehog in the cellar.
We must have Hedgehog there, I mean Quohog, in one of our boats.
With no more formal leave-taking or explanation, he clutched the portmanteau, shut the door on his attendant, and climbing on the desk, and rolling himself up as round as a hedgehog, in an old boat-cloak, fell fast asleep.
Finding at last, however, that, although I had been all this time a very porcupine or hedgehog, bristling all over with determination, I had effected nothing, it began to occur to me that perhaps Dora's mind was already formed.
He was not more than three feet high, his legs were quite crooked, and all his body was covered with prickles like a hedgehog.
offers a better defence than the sharp spines of the hedgehog.
He doesn't impose upon me the necessity of rolling myself up like a hedgehog with my points outward.
Two hundred and eighty score shafts were shot in all, and so deftly were they sped that when the shooting was done each target looked like the back of a hedgehog when the farm dog snuffs at it.
Poor Jacob Doodle-calf, in floods of tears, had pressed upon him with spluttering earnestness his lame pet hedgehog (he had always some poor broken-down beast or bird by him); but this Tom had been obliged to refuse, by the Squire's order.