Urchin or urcheon is the Middle English term for "hedgehog". As such, it is applied to many things that take a similar form to a hedgehog:
- Street children, homeless children who live on the street
- Sea urchins are spiny sea creatures that are round and prickly like hedgehogs.
- In old theater, urchin was a common name for an elf or fairy that took on a prickly appearance.
- The word urcheon is used to refer to the hedgehog in heraldry
It may also refer to:
- Urchin (film), a 2007 film about a homeless boy living in underground, by John Harlacher
- HMS Urchin, the name of four ships of the British Royal Navy
- Urchin Software Corporation, a US web analytics company owned by Google
- Urchin (software), a series of web analytics developed by the Urchin Software Corporation (now Google Analytics)
- Urchin (band), a band led by Dave Murray and Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden
- Urchin (detonator), code name for the neutron generating device that triggered the nuclear detonation of the earliest plutonium atomic bombs
- Urchin, the squirrel protagonist in The Mistmantle Chronicles book series.
- Sound of Urchin, an eclectic alternative rock band
- Urchin, an enemy in the 1990 video game Super Mario World
- The Urchins, English hooligan firm associated with Liverpool F.C.
Famous quotes containing the word urchin:
“Nutmeg, civet, and sea-parsley serve the plagued groom and bride
Who have brought forth the urchin grief.”
—Dylan Thomas (19141953)