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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How to use urchin in a sentence
Clements and his colleagues realized no one had ever described this urchin behavior.
Normally, otters would eat enough of them to keep populations of kelp-eating urchins from growing out of control.Urchin takeover underlies California’s vanishing kelp forests | Anushree Dave | May 7, 2021 | Science News For Students
Even the urchins are plumper and healthier — a reminder that all life depends on diversity.Humanity’s greatest ally against climate change is the Earth itself | Sarah Kaplan | April 22, 2021 | Washington Post
The nutrient-rich urchins in the healthy kelp make a far better sea otter snack.How kelp forests off California are responding to an urchin takeover | Anushree Dave | March 29, 2021 | Science News
The latest offering is The Irregulars, a new supernatural drama from Netflix, that focuses on the ragtag group of street urchins the Baker Street sleuth often relied upon to gather useful information.Sherlock Holmes takes a back seat to street kids in The Irregulars trailer | Jennifer Ouellette | March 19, 2021 | Ars Technica
Despite enjoying singing, and a tiny role as ‘urchin No. 30’ in a production of Oliver!
I had everything from raw hamachi with sea urchin to lamb tongue.
So saying the lively urchin grasped his new friend by the hand and led him by a rickety staircase to the “rookeries” above.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
Amy actually almost fell out of the window again, and stuck out her tongue like an impudent urchin.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
The spell was broken, and Mr. Carr took out his watch as he turned his eyes on a ragged urchin who had called to him from below.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
This led to the discovery that the young urchin had been on a most successful forage for a dinner that morning.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Katie said this with a still darker frown; for she thought that the urchin was jesting.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for urchin
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