ouriço

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Portuguese[edit]

ouriço (Erinaceus europaeus)
ouriço (2)
ouriço (Paracentrotus lividus)

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese, from Latin ēricius (hedgehog) (possibly through a Vulgar Latin form *auricius), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰḗr (to bristle).

Cognate with Galician ourizo, Asturian oriciu, Spanish erizo (Santander dialect orizo), Catalan eriçó (dialectal oriç), Occitan eriç, French hérisson (cf. also oursin), Italian riccio and Romanian arici.

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Noun[edit]

ouriço m (plural ouriços)

  1. hedgehog
    O ouriço usa os seus espinhos para se proteger dos predadores.
    The hedgehog uses its quills to protect itself from predators.
  2. chestnut burr
  3. sea urchin
    Quando penetram a pele humana, os espinhos do ouriço infligem uma ferida dolorosa.
    Sea urchin's spines inflict a painful wound when they penetrate human skin.

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