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Prickle

Definition: A group of porcupines

Pronunciation: add an “r” to your pickle and you’re good to go!

Origin

The noun prickle comes from the verb to prick (stating the obvious here), in turn stemming from the Old English prician meaning- to prick.

Although the relation between prickle to porcupines is really very evident, I could not locate the source to this meaning. Help out if you can!

Why this word?

Prickle! A group of porcupines! Can there be a better reason to why this word?

True, the chances of coming across one are quite slim, but still it’s a good one to have!

How to use the word prickle in a sentence?

Well, next time you’re taking a relaxing walk in the woods and come across a lovely bunch of porcupines enjoying a picnic- that would be called a pickle! ?If they’re just chilling, you can tell your friends “hey, take a look at that prickle!”

I also like the figurative form of this noun, it works just great for a bunch of sarcastic women pointing their thorns everywhere they look.

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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