porcupine vs hedgehog

porcupine hedgehog


  • 1) Any of several rodents covered with stiff, sharp, erectile, spines or quills (that stand straight up when the animal is attacked or surprised), belonging to one of two taxonomic families: Hystricidae (Old World porcupines) and Erethizontidae (New World porcupines).
  • 2) Any of various rodents of the family Hystricidae, of Eurasia and Africa, or the family Erethizontidae, of the Americas, having long, sharp, erectile quills.
  • 3) (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.
  • 4) (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.
  • 5) (Zoöl.) the echidna.
  • 6) (Zoöl.) 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.
  • 7) (Zoöl.) any plectognath fish having the body covered with spines which become erect when the body is inflated. See Diodon, and Globefish.
  • 8) (Zoöl.) a large spiny Japanese crab (Acantholithodes hystrix).
  • 9) (Zoöl.) 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.
  • 10) relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur
  • 11) An apparatus for heckling flax.
  • 12) A hystricomorphic rodent quadruped of the family Hystricidæ, of which there are several genera and many species, representing two subfamilies, the Hystricinæ or Old World porcupines, which are all terrestrial and fossorial animals, and the Sphingurinæ or New World porcupines, more or less arboreal, and in some cases having a prehensile tail.
  • 13) A cylindrical heckle for worsted yarn.


  • 1) A type of moveable military barricade made from crossed logs or steel bars, laced with barbed wire, used to damage or impede tanks and vehicles; Czech hedgehog.
  • 2) Australia A type of chocolate cake (or slice), somewhat similar to an American brownie.
  • 3) The nickname for a spigot mortar-type of depth charge weapon from World War II that simultaneously fires a number of explosives into the water to create a pattern of underwater explosions intended to attack submerged submarines.
  • 4) Small mammal, of the subfamily Erinaceinae, characterized by its spiny back and by its habit of rolling itself into a ball when attacked.
  • 5) Any of several spiny animals, such as the porcupine, that are similar to the hedgehog.
  • 6) A well fortified military position.
  • 7) Any of several small insectivorous mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae, native to Eurasia and Africa and naturalized in New Zealand, having dense erectile spines covering the back and sides and characteristically rolling into a ball for protection.
  • 8) An antisubmarine weapon consisting of several rows of mortar-like dischargers positioned to fire in a circular pattern ahead of a ship.
  • 9) An obstacle used against tanks and landing craft, consisting of three crossed iron bars welded or bolted together.
  • 10) (Zoöl.), U.S The Canadian porcupine.
  • 11) See Diodon.
  • 12) A form of dredging machine.
  • 13) (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.
  • 14) (Zoöl.) 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.
  • 15) (Zoöl.) the hairy larvæ 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.
  • 16) (Zoöl.) any spinose, marine, univalve shell of the genus Murex.
  • 17) (Zoöl.) A small European insectivore (Erinaceus Europæus), 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.
  • 18) (Bot.) A species of Medicago (Medicago intertexta), the pods of which are armed with short spines; -- popularly so called.
  • 19) (Mil.) a defensive obstacle having pointed barbs extending outward, such as one composed of crossed logs with barbed wire wound around them, or a tangle of steel beams embedded in concrete used to impede or damage landing craft on a beach; also, a position well-fortified with such defensive obstacles.
  • 20) (Bot.) a plant of the Cactus family, globular in form, and covered with spines (Echinocactus).
  • 21) (Bot.) a grass with spiny involucres, growing on sandy shores; burgrass (Cenchrus tribuloides).
  • 22) (Zoöl.) any spinose plectognath fish, esp. of the genus Diodon; the porcupine fish.
  • 23) small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines
  • 24) One of several other animals characterized by numerous spines.
  • 25) In electricity, same as hedgehog-transformer.
  • 26) In Scotch mining, a broken strand or wire of a rope torn out while in motion and drawn up into a bundle.
  • 27) In zoology, an insectivorous animal of the family Erinaceidæ and genus Erinaceus, of which there are several species.
  • 28) In botany, a plant with echinate fruits.
  • 29) A kind of dredging-machine consisting of a series of spades fixed to the periphery of a cylinder, used for loosening mud, silt, etc., so that it may be carried off by the current.


  • 1) ‘The rodent also seems to be an ancestor of the hystricognaths, a group of rodents that is spread across the globe and includes porcupines, African mole rats, guinea pigs, and chinchillas.’
  • 2) ‘They have to contend with elephants, hippos, bushpigs, porcupines, vervet monkeys, baboons and birds which are after their crops.’
  • 3) ‘Other animals photographed included elephants, sun bears, porcupines, clouded leopards, wild dogs, and panthers.’
  • 4) ‘The ermine's diet consists primarily of mice, but they also prey upon cottontails, small hares, porcupines, squirrels, pikas, and rats.’
  • 5) ‘Is it closest to the mole rats, or porcupines, or even chinchillas?’
  • 6) ‘Eight other species, including pacas, pacaranas, spiny rats and porcupines, also steal Brazil nuts stored by agoutis.’
  • 7) ‘The quills are so lightly fixed to the porcupine's body that they are easily detached and left imbedded in the attacker.’
  • 8) ‘Whole lions at £5,000 a head, antelopes, porcupines, goats, cane rats and large, live snails - all from West Africa - were also candidates for the dinner table.’
  • 9) ‘Other South American rodents include guinea pigs, chinchillas, and New World porcupines (one species of which has dispersed into North America).’
  • 10) ‘Despite the fact that they burrow underground like moles, and have big front teeth like rats have, naked mole-rats are more closely related to porcupines and guinea pigs than to moles or rats.’
  • 11) ‘As is the case with North American porcupines, the quills are loosely attached but can't be thrown or otherwise projected.’
  • 12) ‘These ‘resistance’ characters include such obvious traits as the quills on a porcupine or the puffing of a puffer fish.’
  • 13) ‘Burrows which have been abandoned may be used for shelter by bats, ground squirrels, hares, cats, civets, hyenas, jackals, porcupines, monitor lizards, owls and warthogs.’
  • 14) ‘They also sometimes roost in the burrows of other mammals such as hedgehogs, porcupines, and aardvarks.’
  • 15) ‘Molluscs, barnacles, mussels, oysters, tortoises, hedgehogs, armadillos, porcupines, rhinos all grow their own.’
  • 16) ‘The Erethizontidae is a family of rodents commonly known as the New World porcupines.’
  • 17) ‘Most birdwatchers come to see the rare brown-necked parrots that frequent the area, but there's also a hide where you can see porcupines and bushbuck.’
  • 18) ‘Like elephants, hippos and bushpigs, porcupines are nocturnal crop raiders.’
  • 19) ‘TWO little boys giggle as they play hide and seek among hundreds of filthy cages packed tight with civet cats, dogs, porcupines and squirrels.’
  • 20) ‘Hedgehogs, porcupines, and some Old World salamanders sport protective spines.’


  • 1) Tackling the decline in the hedgehog population is a tricky issue.
  • 2) Birds have delayed their migration south and badgers and hedgehogs in parks have put off hibernation.
  • 3) The centre does its best to treat and save injured hedgehogs.
  • 4) London's hedgehog population is under threat.
  • 5) It had another clear benefit: it helped the hedgehog population to recover somewhat in the countryside.
  • 6) Read it and you'll see hedgehogs in a whole new light.
  • 7) Stopping too abruptly for a hedgehog could save the hedgehog but cause a pile-up.
  • 8) Campaigners are keen for Britain's hedgehog population to grow.
  • 9) Most of the generation under 40 will say they haven't seen a hedgehog.
  • 10) I'm always putting in feeders for birds, badgers and hedgehogs.
  • 11) I haven't seen a hedgehog on my farm for 20 years.
  • 12) That would be good for hedgehogs and badgers too, and people could enjoy encounters with both of these wonderful, enigmatic animals more often.
  • 13) A campaigning MP will call today for a ministerial summit to be convened to help save the hedgehog.
  • 14) ‘Animals co-habiting in the woods include field mice, grey squirrels, hedgehogs and three roe deer.’
  • 15) ‘Many species of hedgehogs can roll up into a ball, hiding all vulnerable areas of the body under the protective spines.’
  • 16) ‘The hedgehog is an old world mammal that has possibly changed little over a million years.’
  • 17) ‘Baby hedgehogs are born with short, soft spines that don't harden for several weeks, and baby humans cannot walk on their own for the first couple of years.’
  • 18) ‘The public is being asked to survey kingfishers, skylarks, water voles and hedgehogs so that as much information as possible can be gathered.’
  • 19) ‘He was, in short, a hedgehog living in a world populated with foxes.’
  • 20) ‘The study found that while some species, including hedgehogs, voles, shrews, dormice and hares, are generally declining in rural areas, their populations are rising in towns, cities and suburbs.’
  • 21) ‘Suburban householders report large numbers of hedgehogs, voles, shrews, dormice and hares.’
  • 22) ‘It has now become a haven for wildlife such as deer, voles and hedgehogs, and boasts rare wild flowers’
  • 23) ‘He has taken photographs of hedgehogs and grey squirrels, the latter coming running when they are called.’
  • 24) ‘Can you think of any other animals that roll into a ball for defence as well as an armadillo or hedgehog?’
  • 25) ‘The mammals the researchers studied were the platypus, echidna, opossum, wallaby, hedgehog, mouse, rat, rabbit, cow, pig, bat, tree shrew, colugo, ringtail lemur, and humans.’
  • 26) ‘They still refer to me as ‘hoggie’, short for hedgehog, because I am apparently ‘prickly but cute.’’
  • 27) ‘Improved road design could mean fewer squashed hedgehogs and other mammal casualties, according to experts.’
  • 28) ‘All the family can find out about hedgehogs and help make hedgehog boxes.’
  • 29) ‘A hedgehog isn't a hedgehog if it doesn't have any needles!’
  • 30) ‘A puppy came crawling out of the bath, its coat was so filthy it looked like a hedgehog.’
  • 31) ‘It is said that if the fox finds the hedgehog near water it can coax him from his defensive shell by rolling him with it paw until finally the hedgehog is in the water and forced to come out to save himself from drowning only to face a worse fate.’
  • 32) ‘By the time of spring, his hedgehog had put on so much weight that his short paws were hardly visible beneath his stuffed underside.’
  • 33) ‘So far as I know the hedgehog never returned so I presume he, or she, got the message.’
  • 34) ‘Called the hedgehog holly, this is a non-berrying male holly with exceptionally spiky dark green leaves, margined with cream.’
  • 35) ‘It grows here, along with numerous smaller cacti, including beaver-tail cactus, California barrel cactus, hedgehog cactus, and various prickly pear cacti.’
  • 36) ‘The glorious flower color of the hedgehog cactus rivals that of the desert sunset.’
  • 37) ‘Needless to say hedgehog holly is excellent when cut for Christmas greens.’

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