Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the subfamily Erinaceinæ, containing the true hedgehogs. There are several species, of which the European hedgehog (E. europæus) is the best-known and the most peculiar. All have the power of rolling themselves into a ball, presenting the bristling spines in every direction, a process effected by enormously developed and complicated cutaneous muscles, by the action of which the animals tie themselves up in their own skins. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the type genus of the family
Erinaceidae, composed of hedgehogs.
- n. type genus of the family Erinaceidae: hedgehogs
“Other forest species recorded include Parkia biglobosa, Pterocarpus erinaceus, Combretum spp.,”
“Dry forest is made up of Sudanian species, such as Piliostigma thonningii, Pterocarpus erinaceus, Pericopsis africana, Bombax costatum, Burkea africana, Prosopis africana, Sterculia setigera, Ficus ingens and Anogeissus leiocarpus.”
“Most affected are the Meliacaea family (Khaya species), Pterocarpus erinaceus, and Dalbergia melanoxylon.”
“In the savannas where fire is frequent, Lophira lanceolata, Parkia biglobosa, and Pterocarpus erinaceus are the dominant trees, while Anadelphia leptocoma, Andropogon tectorum, and Hyparrhenia diplandra are the dominant grasses.”
“_P. erinaceus_, a tree 40 to 50 feet in height, a native of the woods of the Gambia and Senegal, furnishes kino, but none is collected in or exported from Africa.”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“Gourds or gourd-like plants, as, _Coccinia Indica; _ Cucumis of several interesting species, as _C. erinaceus, grossularioeformis, odoratissimus; _ dipper or bottle gourd _ (Lagenaria) _; vegetable sponge, dish-cloth gourd, rag gourd _ (Luffa); _ balsam apple, balsam pear _ (Momordica) _; snake gourd _ (Trichosanthes) _; bryonopsis;”
“Flückiger and Hanbury were unable to discover any difference between the kino of _P. marsupium_, Roxb., and that of _P. erinaceus_, Poir.”
“By far the greater number of the living marine species included in these tables are still inhabitants of the British seas; but even these differ considerably in their relative abundance, some of the commonest of the Crag shells being now extremely scarce; as, for example, Buccinopsis Dalei; and others, rarely met with in a fossil state, being now very common, as Murex erinaceus and Cardium echinatum.”
“They are older by a whole deposit than their present contemporaries, the mussel and periwinkle; and these, in turn, seem of older standing than shells such as _Murex erinaceus_, that has not been traced beyond the times of the mammaliferous crag, or than shells such as _Scrobicularia piperata_, that has not been detected in more ancient deposits than raised sea beaches of the later periods, and the elevated bottoms of old estuaries and lagoons.”
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