urchin


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Urchin \Ur"chin\ ([^u]"ch[i^]n), n. [OE. urchon, irchon, a
   hedgehog, OF. ire[,c]on, eri[,c]on, heri[,c]on, herichon, F.
   h['e]risson, a derivative fr. L. ericius, from er a hedgehog,
   for her; akin to Gr. chh`r. Cf. Herisson.]
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   1. (Zool.) A hedgehog.
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   2. (Zool.) A sea urchin. See Sea urchin.
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   3. A mischievous elf supposed sometimes to take the form a
      hedgehog. "We 'll dress [them] like urchins, ouphes, and
      fairies." --Shak.
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   4. A pert or roguish child; -- now commonly used only of a
      boy.
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            And the urchins that stand with their thievish eyes
            Forever on watch ran off each with a prize. --W.
                                                  Howitt.
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            You did indeed dissemble, you urchin you; but
            where's the girl that won't dissemble for an
            husband?                              --Goldsmith.
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   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. --Knight.
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   Urchin fish (Zool.), a diodon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Urchin \Ur"chin\, a.
   Rough; pricking; piercing. [R.] "Helping all urchin blasts."
   --Milton.
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