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Meaning of PORCUPINE

Pronunciation:  'porkyu`pIn

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur

PORCUPINE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: hedgehog
 See Also: gnawer, gnawing animal, New World porcupine, Old World porcupine, quill, rodent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Por"cu*pine\, n. [OE. porkepyn, porpentine, OF.
porc-espi, F. porc-['e]pic (cf. It. porco spino, porco
spinoso, Sp. puerco espino, puerco espin, fr. L. porcus swine
+ spina thorn, spine). The last part of the French word is
perhaps a corruption from the It. or Sp.; cf. F. ['e]pi ear,
a spike of grain, L. spica. See {Pork}, {Spike} a large nail,
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any Old Word rodent of the genus {Hystrix},
   having the back covered with long, sharp, erectile spines
   or quills, sometimes a foot long. The common species of
   Europe and Asia ({Hystrix cristata}) is the best known.

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of {Erethizon} and related genera,
   native of America. They are related to the true
   porcupines, but have shorter spines, and are arboreal in
   their habits. The Canada porcupine ({Erethizon dorsatus})
   is a well known species.

{Porcupine ant-eater} (Zo["o]l.), the echidna.

{Porcupine crab} (Zo["o]l.), a large spiny Japanese crab
   ({Acantholithodes hystrix}).

{Porcupine disease} (Med.). See {Ichthyosis}.

{Porcupine fish} (Zo["o]l.), any plectognath fish having the
   body covered with spines which become erect when the body
   is inflated. See {Diodon}, and {Globefish}.

{Porcupine grass} (Bot.), a grass ({Stipa spartea}) with
   grains bearing a stout twisted awn, which, by coiling and
   uncoiling through changes in moisture, propels the
   sharp-pointed and barbellate grain into the wool and flesh
   of sheep. It is found from Illinois westward. See
   Illustration in Appendix.

{Porcupine wood} (Bot.), the hard outer wood of the cocoa
   palm; -- so called because, when cut horizontally, the
   markings of the wood resemble the quills of a porcupine.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a porcupine in your dream, suggests that you need to look out for yourself and protect yourself from emotional or psychological harm. Trust and honesty are important qualities. Alternatively, it indicates that there is a situation which you need to approach with openness. Someone in your waking life may not be revealing their vulnerability.
Thesaurus Terms
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