noun Etymology: Middle English yrchoun, urchoun, from Anglo-French heriçun, hirechoun, from Old French *eriz, from Latin ericius, from eris; akin to Greek chēr hedgehog Date: 14th century 1. archaic hedgehog 1a 2. a mischievous and often poor and raggedly clothed youngster <
street urchins
3. sea urchin

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  • urchin — ► NOUN 1) a mischievous child, especially a raggedly dressed one. 2) archaic a goblin. 3) a sea urchin. ORIGIN Old French herichon hedgehog , from Latin hericius …   English terms dictionary

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