from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the type genus of the family Erinaceidae, composed of hedgehogs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of the subfamily Erinaceinæ, containing the true hedgehogs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of the family Erinaceidae: hedgehogs


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  • The adjective exists, only it is spelled differently: erinaceous. Feel free to use this word, spelled correctly with the adjectival -ous suffix, to describe any hedgehoggy acquaintances you may have.

    May 21, 2012

  • It is curious to me that no one has tried to use this marvelous word as an adjective. It's wonderfully descriptive of several people I know!

    May 20, 2012