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Noun: hedgehog  'hej,hóg
  1. Relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur
    - porcupine, porky [N. Amer]
     
  2. Small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines
    - Erinaceus europaeus, Erinaceus europeaeus

Derived forms: hedgehogs

Type of: gnawer, insectivore, rodent

Part of: Erinaceus, genus Erinaceus

Encyclopedia: Hedgehog