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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: porc espin, from Latin porcus ( PORK) + spina 'sharp point'

porcupine

noun
     
Related topics: Animals
por‧cu‧pine [countable]
HBA an animal with long, sharp parts growing all over its back and sides

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