an Old World, insect-eating mammal of the genus Erinaceus, especially E. europaeus, having spiny hairs on the back and sides.
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.
- hedgehoggy, adjective
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How to use hedgehog in a sentence
The team first found MRSA in hedgehogs by coincidence years ago when biologist Sophie Rasmussen, who was part of the new work and is now at the University of Oxford, approached Larsen’s team about sampling a freezer full of dead hedgehogs.Drug-resistant bacteria evolved on hedgehogs long before the use of antibiotics | Carolyn Wilke | January 7, 2022 | Science News
Sea bass cooked low and slow with lavender and lime and delivered on steel-cut oats and hedgehog mushrooms is one of those combinations that make you go “huh” when you read about it and “whoa!”
The call came in so fast, we had just been having a tea party with your hedgehog.A Mother’s Day letter to my daughter, after a year that changed our family forever | Alexandra Moe | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Researchers tested hundreds of animals in and around the market for the coronavirus — including animals for sale such as rabbits, hedgehogs, salamanders and birds — but none tested positive.4 takeaways from the WHO’s report on the origins of the coronavirus | Erin Garcia de Jesús | April 1, 2021 | Science News
Kate Ryder, founder and CEO, Maven ClinicThe best book that has helped me in my career involves foxes and hedgehogs.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in health | Rachel King | September 9, 2020 | Fortune
hedgehog Birthday From the folks who brought you ‘Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos’ comes another squee-worthy video.Hedgehog Birthday, ‘Frozen Is the New Black,’ and More Viral Videos | Alex Chancey | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As you might have already guessed, a tiny hedgehog has a tiny birthday party.Hedgehog Birthday, ‘Frozen Is the New Black,’ and More Viral Videos | Alex Chancey | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
DuBois was a man of many ideas; Washington, of just one: the proverbial contrast of hedgehog and fox.
Once again, the “hedgehog,” as Jeremy is known in the XXX industry, gave hope to round, hairy men everywhere.
“I used to remember drawing Sonic the hedgehog when I was super young,” says Moss.
Randolph, whose men were on foot, instantly threw them into a schiltron, 'like a hedgehog.'King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
A hedgehog crept stealthily along the ground, and at a sudden sound curled himself up like a wee brown bear.Penelope's Experiences in Scotland | Kate Douglas Wiggin
But even with the sharp eyes, and the sharp, stickery-ickery quills of the hedgehog, Uncle Wiggily couldn't find his fortune.Uncle Wiggily's Travels | Howard R. Garis
A hedgehog is a rough and prickly fellow—better his prickles than the reptile's poisonous slime.The Secret Glory | Arthur Machen
He is very timid, and when any one approaches him, coils himself up in a ball, like a hedgehog.The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
British Dictionary definitions for hedgehog
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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