Urchin or urcheon is the old English term for hedgehog. As such, it is applied to many things that take a similar form to a hedgehog:
* Sea urchins are spiny sea creatures that are round and prickly like hedgehogs.
* In old theater, urchin was a common name for an elf or fairy that took on a prickly appearance.
* The word "urcheon" is used to refer to the hedgehog in heraldry

It may also refer to:
* Street Urchin, a term for homeless children who live on the street
* "Urchin", a 2007 film about a homeless boy living in underground tunnels, written and directed by John Harlacher
* HMS "Urchin", the name of four ships of the Royal Navy
* Urchin Software Corporation, a US web analytics company owned by Google
** Urchin (software), a series of web analytics developed by the Urchin Software Corporation (now Google Analytics).
* Urchin (band), a band led by Dave Murray and Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden
* Urchin (detonator), code name for the neutron generating device that triggered the nuclear detonation of the earliest plutonium atomic bombs
* Urchin (zine), a zine published by the Octapod, a media and arts organisation in Newcastle, New South Wales
* Urchin, the squirrel protagonist in the The Mistmantle Chronicles book series.
* Sound of Urchin, an eclectic alternative rock band

External links

* [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=urchin Urchin] at The Online Etymology Dictionary

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