Definition of hedgehog in English:

hedgehog

Syllabification: hedge·hog
Pronunciation: /ˈhejˌhôɡ
 
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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.
More example sentences
  • 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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