Urchin

Definition of Urchin

Ur´chin   Pronunciation: û´chĭn
n.1.
1.(Zool.) A hedgehog.
2.(Zool.) A sea urchin. See Sea urchin.
3.A mischievous elf supposed sometimes to take the form a hedgehog.
4.A pert or roguish child; - now commonly used only of a boy.
And the urchins that stand with their thievish eyes
Forever on watch ran off each with a prize.
- W. Howitt.
You did indeed dissemble, you urchin you; but where's the girl that won't dissemble for an husband?
- Goldsmith.
5.One of a pair in a series of small card cylinders, arranged around a carding drum; - so called from its fancied resemblance to the hedgehog.
Urchin fish
(Zool.) a diodon.
a.1.Rough; pricking; piercing.

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