What does hedgehog mean?

Definitions for hedgehog
ˈhɛdʒˌhɒg, -ˌhɔghedge·hog

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. porcupine, hedgehognoun

    relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur

  2. hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus, Erinaceus europeaeusnoun

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

GCIDE

  1. Hedgehognoun

    (Mil.) a defensive obstacle having pointed barbs extending outward, such as one composed of crossed logs with barbed wire wound around them, or a tangle of steel beams embedded in concrete used to impede or damage landing craft on a beach; also, a position well-fortified with such defensive obstacles.

Wiktionary

  1. hedgehognoun

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

  2. hedgehognoun

    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. hedgehognoun

    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. hedgehognoun

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

Wikipedia

  1. Hedgehog

    A hedgehog is a spiny mammal of the subfamily Erinaceinae, in the eulipotyphlan family Erinaceidae. There are seventeen species of hedgehog in five genera found throughout parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, and in New Zealand by introduction. There are no hedgehogs native to Australia and no living species native to the Americas. However, the extinct genus Amphechinus was once present in North America. Hedgehogs share distant ancestry with shrews (family Soricidae), with gymnures possibly being the intermediate link, and they have changed little over the last fifteen million years. Like many of the first mammals, they have adapted to a nocturnal way of life. Their spiny protection resembles that of porcupines, which are rodents, and echidnas, a type of monotreme.

ChatGPT

  1. hedgehog

    A hedgehog is a small, spiny mammal found in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand. They are known for their distinctive appearance, featuring a coat of stiff, sharp spines for protection. When threatened, they can roll themselves into a ball to present these spines as a deterrent to predators. Hedgehogs are generally nocturnal animals and are in the family Erinaceidae.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hedgehognoun

    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. Hedgehognoun

    the Canadian porcupine

  3. Hedgehognoun

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

  4. Hedgehognoun

    a form of dredging machine

Wikidata

  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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hedgehog in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hedgehog in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of hedgehog in a Sentence

  1. Desiderius Erasmus:

    The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.

  2. William Margold:

    You are a hedgehog, my friend. A walking, talking hedgehog.

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Because anticipate rather than search the bushes. (Car plutôt anticiper - Que les fourrés rechercher.) [Fables1, The Rabbit and the Hedgehog / Le Lapin et le Hérisson]

  4. Stephen Jay Gould:

    The Fox devises many strategies, the Hedgehog knows one great and effective strategy.

  5. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel:

    An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.

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