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urchin

[ ur-chin ]
/ ˈɜr tʃɪn /
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noun

a mischievous boy.
any small boy or youngster.
either of two small rollers covered with card clothing used in conjunction with the cylinder in carding.
Chiefly British Dialect. a hedgehog.
Obsolete. an elf or mischievous sprite.

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Origin of urchin

1300–50; Middle English urchun, urchon hedgehog <Old North French (h)erichon,Old French heriçun<Vulgar Latin *hēriciōn- (stem of *hēriciō), equivalent to Latin ēric(ius) hedgehog + -iōn--ion

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urchin
/ (ˈɜːtʃɪn) /

noun

a mischievous roguish child, esp one who is young, small, or raggedly dressed
an archaic or dialect name for a hedgehog
either of the two cylinders in a carding machine that are covered with carding cloth
obsolete an elf or sprite

Word Origin for urchin

C13: urchon, from Old French heriçon, from Latin ēricius hedgehog, from ēr, related to Greek khēr hedgehog
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