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

 

porcupine

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpɔːkjupaɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrkjupaɪn//
 
Wild mammals
 
jump to other results
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 Origin late 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