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ˈpɔr kyəˌpaɪnpor·cu·pine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. porcupine, hedgehog(noun)

    relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur

Wiktionary

  1. porcupine(Noun)

    Any of several rodents covered with stiff, sharp, erectile, spines or quills (that stand straight up when the animal is attacked or surprised), belonging to one of two taxonomic families: Hystricidae (Old World porcupines) and Erethizontidae (New World porcupines).

  2. Origin: Literally spiny-pig, from porcus, + spinus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Porcupine(noun)

    any Old Word rodent of the genus Hystrix, having the back covered with long, sharp, erectile spines or quills, sometimes a foot long. The common species of Europe and Asia (Hystrix cristata) is the best known

  2. Porcupine(noun)

    any species of Erethizon and related genera, native of America. They are related to the true porcupines, but have shorter spines, and are arboreal in their habits. The Canada porcupine (Erethizon dorsatus) is a well known species

  3. Origin: [OE. porkepyn, porpentine, OF. porc-espi, F. porc-pic (cf. It. porco spino, porco spinoso, Sp. puerco espino, puerco espin, fr. L. porcus swine + spina thorn, spine). The last part of the French word is perhaps a corruption from the It. or Sp.; cf. F. pi ear, a spike of grain, L. spica. See Pork, Spike a large nail, Spine.]

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  1. Porcupine

    Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that defend and camouflage them from predators. They are indigenous to the Americas, southern Asia, and Africa. Porcupines are the third largest of the rodents, behind the capybara and the beaver. Most porcupines are about 25–36 in long, with an 8–10 in long tail. Weighing 12–35 lb, they are rounded, large and slow. Porcupines come in various shades of brown, gray, and the unusual white. Porcupines' spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated erinaceomorph hedgehogs and monotreme echidnas. The common porcupine is a herbivore. It eats leaves, herbs, twigs and green plants like skunk cabbage and clover and in the winter it may eat bark. The North American porcupine often climbs trees to find food. The African porcupine is not a climber and forages on the ground. It is mostly nocturnal, but will sometimes forage for food in the day. Porcupines have become a pest in Kenya and are eaten as a delicacy. A male porcupine urinates on a female porcupine prior to mating, spraying the urine at high velocity. The name porcupine comes from Middle French porc espin. A regional American name for the animal is quill pig.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Porcupine

    por′kū-pīn, n. one of the largest of rodent quadrupeds, covered with spines or quills. [O. Fr. porc espin—L. porcus, a pig, spina, a spine.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of porcupine in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of porcupine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of porcupine in a Sentence

  1. Joe Balash:

    We fulfilled our obligations there to consult with the Canadian government on the Porcupine herd.

  2. Jenny Lee Maldonado:

    When I give Lyric Drumgoole a kiss on the cheek, I feel like Lyric Drumgoole cheeks are like a porcupine, i just feel like my mouth got a lip full of porcupine needles.

  3. Cindy Shogan:

    Exactly when and where they go is impossible to predict. Most herds, however, are drawn to a specific calving area. The 169,000 member Porcupine caribou herd has such a connection with Arctic Refuge.

  4. Pat Boone:

    God has a sense of humor. Why else would he invent the porcupine and the giraffe ? something can be devilishly funny, but this skit is diabolical. God has only one real enemy — Satan. Satan ridicules faith, and they’re taking Satan’s side. They’re also ridiculing me and the film, telling impressionableyoung people not to see it because it's ridiculous. Then they throw in that the lawyer is Jewish to make the Christian look even worse, but it’s just anti-Semitic.

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