Examples from the Web for porcupine
He is the author of Broken Glass, Memoirs of a Porcupine, and African Psycho, among others.
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|DAILY BEAST
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.
The howdah, pierced all over with arrows, had something the appearance of a porcupine or a giant pincushion.Female Warriors, Vol. I (of 2)|Ellen C. Clayton
While they were searching, the porcupine ambled away and was soon lost in the darkness.Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol|Henry Harley Arnold
Moccasins worked into grotesque designs with beads and porcupine quills covered his feet.Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches|Edwin Eastman
The porcupine met his approach with a furious squealing and a clashing of its long teeth.White Fang|Jack London
Their bodies are covered with long bristles, resembling very much the quills of the porcupine.Martin Rattler|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for porcupine
Word Origin for porcupine
Word Origin and History 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").