Definition of porcupine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɔːkjupaɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrkjupaɪn//
Wild mammals
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an animal covered with long stiff parts like needles (called quills ), which it can raise to protect itself when it is attacked See related entries: Wild mammals Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French porc espin, from Provençal porc espi(n), from Latin porcus ‘pig’ + spina ‘thorn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: porcupine