Definitions for hedgehogˈhɛdʒˌhɒg, -ˌhɔg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hedge•hogˈhɛdʒˌhɒg, -ˌhɔg(n.)

  1. any Old World insectivore of the family Erinaceidae, esp. of the genus Erinaceus, having spiny hairs on the back and sides.

    Category: Mammals

  2. the American porcupine.

    Category: Mammals

  3. any of various types of defensive obstacles used to impede tanks, amphibious forces, etc. a strong point in a fortified line capable of directing fire on all sides.

    Category: Military

Origin of hedgehog:

1400–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. porcupine, hedgehog(noun)

    relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur

  2. hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus, Erinaceus europeaeus(noun)

    small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines

Wiktionary

  1. hedgehog(Noun)

    Small mammal characterized by its spiny back and by its habit of rolling itself into a ball when attacked.

  2. hedgehog(Noun)

    A type of moveable military barricade made from crossed logs or steel bars, laced with barbed wire, used to damage or impede tanks and vehicles; Czech hedgehog.

  3. hedgehog(Noun)

    The nickname for a type of depth charge weapon that simultaneously fires a number of explosives into the water to create a pattern of underwater explosions intended to attack submerged enemies.

  4. hedgehog(Noun)

    A type of chocolate cake (or slice), somewhat similar to an American brownie.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hedgehog(noun)

    a small European insectivore (Erinaceus Europaeus), and other allied species of Asia and Africa, having the hair on the upper part of its body mixed with prickles or spines. It is able to roll itself into a ball so as to present the spines outwardly in every direction. It is nocturnal in its habits, feeding chiefly upon insects

  2. Hedgehog(noun)

    the Canadian porcupine

  3. Hedgehog(noun)

    a species of Medicago (M. intertexta), the pods of which are armed with short spines; -- popularly so called

  4. Hedgehog(noun)

    a form of dredging machine

Freebase

  1. Hedgehog

    A hedgehog is any of the spiny mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae, which is in order Erinaceomorpha. There are seventeen species of hedgehog in five genera, found through parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand. There are no hedgehogs native to Australia, and no living species native to the Americas. Hedgehogs share distant ancestry with shrews, with gymnures possibly being the intermediate link, and have changed little over the last 15 million years. Like many of the first mammals they have adapted to a nocturnal, insectivorous way of life. Hedgehogs' spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated rodent porcupines and monotreme echidnas. The name hedgehog came into use around the year 1450, derived from the Middle English heyghoge, from heyg, hegge, because it frequents hedgerows, and hoge, hogge, from its piglike snout. Other names include urchin, hedgepig and furze-pig.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

hedgehog(noun)

a small brown prickly-backed animal.

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