Urchin Definition

ûrchĭn
urchins
noun
A hedgehog.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
A child who is poor, ragged, etc. and, often, mischievous or undisciplined.
Webster's New World
An elf.
Webster's New World

One of a pair in a series of small card cylinders arranged around a carding drum; so called from its fancied resemblance to the hedgehog.

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Other Word Forms of Urchin

Noun

Singular:
urchin
Plural:
urchins

Origin of Urchin

  • Middle English urchone hedgehog from Old French erichon from Vulgar Latin ērīciō ērīciōn- from Latin ērīcius from ēr

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ultimately from Latin ericius (“hedgehog").

    From Wiktionary

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