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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The typical genus of Hystricidæ, formerly conterminous with the family, now restricted to the common old-world porcupines, with very long spines or quills, such as those used for penholders. H. cristata is the leading species, inhabiting southern Europe and northern Africa. See porcupine.
  • noun [lowercase] An animal of this genus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Zoöl.) A genus of rodents, including the porcupine.

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