any of several rodents covered with stiff, sharp, erectile spines or quills, as Erethizon dorsatum of North America.
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How to use porcupine in a sentence
After Red Bench, it became a skeleton woods, the trees charred but standing, their bare, blackened trunks rising like porcupine quills across the land.At Glacier’s Edge, the Flames Have Always Come for My Family Cabin | jversteegh | August 20, 2021 | Outside Online
Titmice — and one chickadee — have been caught on video tugging hair from dogs, cats, humans, raccoons and even a porcupine.Scientists have a new word for birds stealing animal hair | Jaime Chambers | August 12, 2021 | Science News
Soon after, Pieciul spotted what he first thought was a “cute porcupine” 50 feet away.
The ATC recommends using bear canisters, which also protect supplies from mice, porcupines, raccoons, skunks, and other nocturnal visitors.
These forces can be represented as one arrow or two arrows, or a whole slew of arrows bristling from the airplane, porcupine fashion.
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 | THE 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 Kutchin make pretty pipe-stems out of goose-quills wound about with porcupine-quills.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Mr. Van Britt blew his cheeks out until the stubby, cropped mustache bristled like porcupine quills.The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
From the Jim Crow a drowsy porcupine trundled away bristling.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
The porcupine, meanwhile, had found something that interested him.The Watchers of the Trails | Charles G. D. Roberts
Only the porcupine was quite undaunted by the strange sounds.The Watchers of the Trails | Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for porcupine
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
- porcupinish, adjective
- porcupiny, adjective
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