urchin

[ur-chin]
noun
1.
a mischievous boy.
2.
any small boy or youngster.
4.
either of two small rollers covered with card clothing used in conjunction with the cylinder in carding.
5.
Chiefly British Dialect. a hedgehog.
6.
Obsolete. an elf or mischievous sprite.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English urchun, urchon hedgehog < Old North French (h)erichon, Old French heriçun < Vulgar Latin *hēriciōn- (stem of *hēriciō), equivalent to Latin ēric(ius) hedgehog + -iōn- -ion


1. rascal, scamp.
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urchin (ˈɜːtʃɪn)
 
n
1.  a mischievous roguish child, esp one who is young, small, or raggedly dressed
2.  sea urchin See heart urchin
3.  an archaic or dialect name for a hedgehog
4.  either of the two cylinders in a carding machine that are covered with carding cloth
5.  obsolete an elf or sprite
 
[C13: urchon, from Old French heriçon, from Latin ēricius hedgehog, from ēr, related to Greek khēr hedgehog]

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urchin
late 13c., yrichon "hedgehog," from O.N.Fr. *irechon (cf. Picard irechon, Walloon ireson, Hainaut hirchon), from O.Fr. herichun "hedgehog" (Fr. hérisson), formed with dim. suffix -on from V.L. *hericionem, from L. ericius "hedgehog," from PIE base *gher- "to bristle" (cf. Gk. kheros "hedgehog;"
see horror). Still used for "hedgehog" in non-standard speech in Cumbria, Yorkshire, Shropshire. Applied throughout 16c. to people whose appearance or behavior suggested hedgehogs, from hunchbacks (1520s) to goblins (1580s) to bad girls (c.1530); meaning "poorly or raggedly clothed youngster" emerged 1550s, but was not in frequent use until after c.1780. Sea urchin is recorded from 1591 (a 19c. Newfoundland name for them was whore's eggs).
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Example sentences
Sea urchins graze on kelp, so kelp forests declined.
But small reserves can still be extremely effective, especially for relatively
  sedentary species such as sea urchins and lobsters.
Even true immortality to accomplish this they would have to resemble
  echinoderms, such as sea urchins, except much more high-tech.
When the compressed material was introduced into laboratory tanks, the spines
  of sea urchins and the shells of mollusks dissolved.
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