Porcupine

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Description

Any of several small, quill-bearing rodents found throughout the world. Porcupines may be brown, gray, or occassionally white. Their quills have been used for basketry and other small objects.

Synonyms and Related Terms

porcupine quill; Stachelschweine (Deut.); puerco espín (Esp.); porc-épic (Fr.); stekelvarkens (Ned.); porco espinho (Port.);

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "porcupine." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2005. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 2 Jan. 2005 .
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998