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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

erinaceous

\er-uh-NEY-shuhs\ , adjective;
1.
Of the hedgehog kind or family.
Quotes:
At times even more ruthless, their erinaceous fingernails used as claws, as dangerous as any blade.
-- Richard W. Hoffman, The Bamboo American
[Thoreau was] the most erinaceous of American writers. Ideas stuck out from his writings like porcupine quills, guaranteed to prick the hide of even the most thick-skinned, reader.
-- Walter Harding, The Days of Henry Thoreau: A Biography
Origin:
Erinaceous originates from the Latin ērināceus for hedgehog, followed by the suffix -ous referring to the possession of a quality.
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