1. [syn: porcupine, hedgehog]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Porcupine \Por"cu*pine\, n. [OE. porkepyn, porpentine, OF.
porc-espi, F. porc-['e]pic (cf. It. porco spino, porco
spinoso, Sp. puerco espino, puerco espin, fr. L. porcus swine
+ spina thorn, spine). The last part of the French word is
perhaps a corruption from the It. or Sp.; cf. F. ['e]pi ear,
a spike of grain, L. spica. See Pork, Spike a large nail,
1. (Zool.) Any Old Word rodent of the genus Hystrix, having
the back covered with long, sharp, erectile spines or
quills, sometimes a foot long. The common species of
Europe and Asia (Hystrix cristata) is the best known.
2. (Zool.) Any species of Erethizon and related genera,
native of America. They are related to the true
porcupines, but have shorter spines, and are arboreal in
their habits. The Canada porcupine (Erethizon dorsatus)
is a well known species.
Porcupine ant-eater (Zool.), the echidna.
Porcupine crab (Zool.), a large spiny Japanese crab
Porcupine disease (Med.). See Ichthyosis.
Porcupine fish (Zool.), any plectognath fish having the
body covered with spines which become erect when the body
is inflated. See Diodon, and Globefish.
Porcupine grass (Bot.), a grass (Stipa spartea) with
grains bearing a stout twisted awn, which, by coiling and
uncoiling through changes in moisture, propels the
sharp-pointed and barbellate grain into the wool and flesh
of sheep. It is found from Illinois westward. See
Illustration in Appendix.
Porcupine wood (Bot.), the hard outer wood of the cocoa
palm; -- so called because, when cut horizontally, the
markings of the wood resemble the quills of a porcupine.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles
mingled with the fur [syn: porcupine, hedgehog]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
29 Moby Thesaurus words for "porcupine":
Cape polecat, ape, bar, bear, cavy, chimp, chimpanzee, coon,
ferret, foumart, glutton, groundhog, guinea pig, hedgehog, monk,
monkey, mousehound, opossum, polecat, possum, prairie dog,
quill pig, raccoon, skunk, weasel, whistle-pig, wolverine,
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Porcupine, SD -- U.S. Census Designated Place in South Dakota
Population (2000): 407
Housing Units (2000): 103
Land area (2000): 9.493955 sq. miles (24.589229 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 9.493955 sq. miles (24.589229 sq. km)
FIPS code: 51340
Located within: South Dakota (SD), FIPS 46
Location: 43.262380 N, 102.347660 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 57772
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.