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Meaning of HEDGEHOG

Pronunciation:  'hej`hâg

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines
  2. [n]  relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur

HEDGEHOG is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: Erinaceus europaeus, Erinaceus europeaeus, porcupine
 See Also: Erinaceus, genus Erinaceus, gnawer, gnawing animal, insectivore, New World porcupine, Old World porcupine, quill, rodent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hedge"hog`\, n.
    1. (Zo["o]l.) A small European insectivore ({Erinaceus
       Europ[ae]us}), and other allied species of Asia and
       Africa, having the hair on the upper part of its body
       mixed with prickles or spines. It is able to roll itself
       into a ball so as to present the spines outwardly in every
       direction. It is nocturnal in its habits, feeding chiefly
       upon insects.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) The Canadian porcupine.[U.S]
    3. (Bot.) A species of {Medicago} ({M. intertexta}), the pods
       of which are armed with short spines; -- popularly so
       called. --Loudon.
    4. A form of dredging machine. --Knight.
    {Hedgehog caterpillar} (Zo["o]l.), the hairy larv[ae] of
       several species of bombycid moths, as of the Isabella
       moth. It curls up like a hedgehog when disturbed. See
       {Woolly bear}, and {Isabella moth}.
    {Hedgehog fish} (Zo["o]l.), any spinose plectognath fish,
       esp. of the genus {Diodon}; the porcupine fish.
    {Hedgehog grass} (Bot.), a grass with spiny involucres,
       growing on sandy shores; burgrass ({Cenchrus
    {Hedgehog rat} (Zo["o]l.), one of several West Indian
       rodents, allied to the porcupines, but with ratlike tails,
       and few quills, or only stiff bristles. The hedgehog rats
       belong to {Capromys}, {Plagiodon}, and allied genera.
    {Hedgehog shell} (Zo["o]l.), any spinose, marine, univalve
       shell of the genus {Murex}.
    {Hedgehog thistle} (Bot.), a plant of the Cactus family,
       globular in form, and covered with spines
    {Sea hedgehog}. See {Diodon}.
  2. \Hedge"hog`\, n. (Elec.)
    A variety of transformer with open magnetic circuit, the ends
    of the iron wire core being turned outward and presenting a
    bristling appearance, whence the name.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a hedgehog in your dream, suggests that you are being overly sensitive. You tend to take everything too personally. Alternatively, it refers to losing your soul.