Adjective "Urchin" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A young child who is poorly or raggedly dressed.
  1. 'The young urchin had learned that move while wrestling with the other boys in the East Hill streets.'
  2. 'It will be the first taste of love, stability and continuing care the ten former street urchins will have encountered.'
  3. 'The scallywags and street urchins of 1920s Kingston had come up with a new way of extracting a few pennies from unsuspecting members of the public.'
  4. 'Of course, the little urchins must be properly dressed.'
  5. 'Having a neat hole in your front door isn't entirely wise in the days of wandering street urchins with fireworks in their pockets just ripe for destructive mischief.'
  6. 'I don't miss the little street urchins who offered to mind the car for 50p, leaving you with a vague threat that they'd do your car in if you didn't pay up.'
  7. 'Some street urchins and migrant workers then moved in and produced a lot of rubbish in the building.'
  8. 'He had told her that there would always be street urchins, to young and weak to work, scouring the streets for pockets to pick.'
  9. 'Christian people of the day used to come together to educate the local street urchins, and often found that they had to feed the kids before they could teach them anything, they were so starving.'
  10. 'Stories abound of coal wagons stripped of half their load by street urchins before a first delivery could be made.'
  1. 'You will often find species of shrimp living on urchins and starfish in the tropics and, if you look carefully, might also find very small hermit crabs adopting the same behaviour, particularly on starfish.'
  2. 'Birds, fish and mammals feast on the barnacles, snails, urchins and other animals that vary from tiny shore crabs to spectacular giant green anemones.'
  3. 'Without sea otters, urchins overgraze the kelp, eating the base of the plant so that it becomes detached from the sea floor and dies.'
  4. 'In fact, California purple urchins share more than 7,000 genes with humans, making them closer cousins to us than are fruit flies and worms, animals more commonly used as models in genetics research.'
  5. 'The senior students were keen to observe the invertebrate marine animals, such as starfish, urchins and crustaceans.'
  6. 'The soft coral is far more spectacular than you expected and the urchins are there in their thousands.'
  7. 'They grow to an impressive size and pass the time cracking open hard-shelled creatures like crabs and urchins between their fearsome teeth.'
  8. 'Individuals tend to be specialized in their choice of prey: one otter may consume only urchins and crabs while another will eat mostly fish, all depending on the abilities of the individual otter and what is available in the area.'
  9. 'You can find urchins and starfish on the rocky ledges and brittle stars and edible crabs on the sandy bottom.'
  10. 'It is the skeletons of these latter creatures and sediments from algae, coral, snails, urchins, and other calcium rich organisms which glom together over hundreds of thousands of years to form reefs on the island fringe.'
A hedgehog.

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    1. a mischievous boy.

    2. any small boy or youngster.

    3. sea urchin.

    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.


    (urchin)Middle English hirchon, urchon ‘hedgehog’, from Old Northern French herichon, based on Latin hericius ‘hedgehog’.