Definition of hedgehog in English:

hedgehog

Syllabification: hedge·hog
Pronunciation: /ˈhejˌhôg, -ˌhäg
 
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noun

  • 1A small nocturnal Old World mammal with a spiny coat and short legs, able to roll itself into a ball for defense.
    • Family Erinaceidae: four genera and several species, including the common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) of western and northern Europe, which is predominantly insectivorous
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    • Animals co-habiting in the woods include field mice, grey squirrels, hedgehogs and three roe deer.
    • Many species of hedgehogs can roll up into a ball, hiding all vulnerable areas of the body under the protective spines.
    • The hedgehog is an old world mammal that has possibly changed little over a million years.
  • 1.1Any other animal covered with spines, especially a porcupine.

Origin

late Middle English: from hedge (from its habitat) + hog (from its piglike snout).

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