- any of several rodents covered with stiff, sharp, erectile spines or quills, as Erethizon dorsatum of North America.
Origin of porcupine
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Contemporary Examples of porcupine
He is the author of Broken Glass, Memoirs of a Porcupine, and African Psycho, among others.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
My heart was racing, my hands felt like they were covered with porcupine quills.‘You Have 30 Seconds’: The Real Captain Phillips’s Gripping Memoir
Captain Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
October 11, 2013
One day, the porcupine has had enough, and turns to writing a memoir.
Mabanckou pairs the porcupine with a Congolese boy, who attacks and kills neighbors and strangers with little provocation.
Historical Examples of porcupine
The porcupine had at last decided that its enemy had gone away.
Not quite entirely had the porcupine unrolled when it discovered its enemy.
Remember this whenever you come in the way of the porcupine.
The girl was the wilful daughter of a Basque rancher over on the Porcupine.They of the High Trails
Just then the porcupine, the Chief of the animals, passed by the bear tree.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children
- any of various large hystricomorph rodents of the families Hystricidae, of Africa, Indonesia, S Europe, and S Asia, and Erethizontidae, of the New World. All species have a body covering of protective spines or quills
Word Origin for porcupine
c.1400, porke despyne, from Old French porc-espin (early 13c., Modern French porc-épic), literally "spiny pig," from Latin porcus "hog" + spina "thorn, spine" (see spike (n.1)). The word had many forms in Middle English and early Modern English, including portepyn, porkpen, porkenpick, porpoynt, and Shakespeare's porpentine (in "Hamlet").