Other Word Forms of Porcupine
Origin of Porcupine
Middle English porke despine from Old French porc espin ultimately (perhaps via Old Italian porcospino) from Vulgar Latin porcospīnus Latin porcus pig porko- in Indo-European roots Latin spīna thorn, spine (probably translation of Late Greek akanthokhoiros hedgehog) (Greek akantha thorn) (Greek khoiros pig)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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