porcupine

[ pawr-kyuh-pahyn ]SEE DEFINITION OF porcupine
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The porcupine had at last decided that its enemy had gone away.

Not quite entirely had the porcupine unrolled when it discovered its enemy.

Remember this whenever you come in the way of the porcupine.

The girl was the wilful daughter of a Basque rancher over on the Porcupine.

It was when the porcupine was chief, that a council was called.

Just then the porcupine, the Chief of the animals, passed by the bear tree.

When all the animals were seated around the fire, the porcupine spoke.

It is highly probable that the movement was by way of the Porcupine River.

Like the bear cub, Pal had had no experience with a porcupine to teach him prudence.

Let any one who knows the porcupine try to fancy it performing a feat like this!

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, porke despyne, from Old French porc-espin (early 13c., Modern French porc-épic), literally "spiny pig," from Latin porcus "hog" + spina "thorn, spine" (see spike (n.1)). The word had many forms in Middle English and early Modern English, including portepyn, porkpen, porkenpick, porpoynt, and Shakespeare's porpentine (in "Hamlet").

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