- an Old World, insect-eating mammal of the genus Erinaceus, especially E. europaeus, having spiny hairs on the back and sides.
- the porcupine.
- a portable obstacle made of crossed logs in the shape of an hourglass, usually laced with barbed wire.
- an obstructive device consisting of steel bars, angle irons, etc., usually embedded in concrete, designed to damage and impede the boats and tanks of a landing force on a beach.
Origin of hedgehog
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Examples from the Web for hedgehog
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July 12, 2014
DuBois was a man of many ideas; Washington, of just one: the proverbial contrast of hedgehog and fox.David's Book Club: The Souls of Black Folk
May 5, 2013
Once again, the “hedgehog,” as Jeremy is known in the XXX industry, gave hope to round, hairy men everywhere.Harry Potter Hip-Hop
July 13, 2011
“I used to remember drawing Sonic the Hedgehog when I was super young,” says Moss.Olly Moss: The Savior of Movie Posters
May 9, 2011
And the more he thinks about it, the “Hedgehog vs. Fox” thing is nothing more than a party game either.Best of Brit Lit
July 16, 2009
Late I am this fair day all along with my beard, that was thicker than a hedgehog's.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
And as good success had Themistocles in his of the fox and hedgehog.The Praise of Folly
It was a calm day towards the end of March when the hedgehog awoke.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
The hedgehog bore on his back clear tokens of his last retreat.
The hedgehog has a keen sense of humour, and, for that reason, he loves an argument.
- any small nocturnal Old World mammal of the genus Erinaceus, such as E. europaeus, and related genera, having a protective covering of spines on the back: family Erinaceidae, order Insectivora (insectivores)Related adjective: erinaceous
- any other insectivore of the family Erinaceidae, such as the moon rat
- US any of various other spiny animals, esp the porcupine
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Word Origin and History for hedgehog
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