street urchin

Urchin

[ur-chin]

Urchin or urcheon is the old English term for hedgehog. As such, it is applied to many things that take a similar form to a hedgehog:

  • Sea urchins are spiny sea creatures that are round and prickly like hedgehogs.
  • In old theater, urchin was a common name for an elf or fairy that took on a prickly appearance.
  • The word "urcheon" is used to refer to the hedgehog in heraldry

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