The Romans called them "thorn hogs";
what do we call them?
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The word porcupine derives from the Latin
porcus, hog and spina, thorn.
According to the Online Etymological
Dictionary, the word had many forms in Middle English and early Modern
English "including portepyn,
porkpen, porkenpick, porpoynt
, and Shakespeare's version, porpentine (in
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