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Porcupine

Porcupine

1. (Science: zoology) Any old word rodent of the genus hystrix, having the back covered with long, sharp, erectile spines or quills, sometimes a foot long. The common species of Europe and asia (hystrix cristata) is the best known.

2. (Science: zoology) Any species of Erethizon and related genera, native of America. They are related to the true porcupines, but have shorter spines, and are arboreal in their habits. The canada porcupine (Erethizon dorsatus) is a well known species.

(Science: medicine) porcupine ant-eater, any plectognath fish having the body covered with spines which become erect when the body is inflated. See diodon, and globefish.

(Science: botany) porcupine grass, the hard outer wood of the cocoa palm; so called because, when cut horizontally, the markings of the wood resemble the quills of a porcupine.

Origin: oe. Porkepyn, porpentine, OF. Porc-espi, f. Porc-epic (cf. It. Porco spino, porco spinoso, sp. Puerco espino, puerco espin, fr. L. Porcus swine _ spina thorn, spine). The last part of the french word is perhaps a corruption from the It. Or sp.; cf. F. Epi ear, a spike of grain, L. Spica. See Pork, spike a large nail, spine.


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Re: Need help identifying the following animals

... can also be said of its way of reproduction. You don't want to get on the wrong end of the males though. They have a nasty spine. I'd also say porcupine on this one.

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by Jammerz
Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:54 pm
 
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Need help identifying the following animals

It sounds like a porcupine a bit.

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by harrypotter101
Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:32 pm
 
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This may sound like a strange question...

... 7 times its own weight. It normally hunts large mammals, such as deer, but will eat small animals, such as the American Beaver, the North American Porcupine or even mice, if the need arises and can even kill a Moose. Its diet consists of 50 different species. It hunts alone and ambushes its prey, ...

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by dipjyoti
Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:16 am
 
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y chromosome disorders

... appeared between fingers and toes (similar to the ones on frogs or ducks). Its allel, Wt, for normal condition. 2. resesive gene "hg", causing "porcupine man" (long, rigid hairs over the body). Its allel, Hg, for normal condition. 3. resesive gene "h", causing "hypertrichosis" (long hairs on ...

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by Dr.Stein
Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:31 am
 
Forum: Genetics
Topic: y chromosome disorders
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