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porcupine

Line breaks: por¦cu|pine
Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːkjʊpʌɪn
 
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Definition of porcupine in English:

noun

A large rodent with defensive spines or quills on the body and tail.
Example sentences
  • The rodent also seems to be an ancestor of the hystricognaths, a group of rodents that is spread across the globe and includes porcupines, African mole rats, guinea pigs, and chinchillas.
  • They have to contend with elephants, hippos, bushpigs, porcupines, vervet monkeys, baboons and birds which are after their crops.
  • Other animals photographed included elephants, sun bears, porcupines, clouded leopards, wild dogs, and panthers.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French porc espin, from Provençal porc espi(n), from Latin porcus 'pig' + spina 'thorn'.

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