Middle English Dictionary Entry

irchǒun n.
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(a) A small, spine-bearing, Old World mammal belonging to the genus Erinaceus; a hedgehog; also fig. [quot.Pilgr.LM]; (b) a heraldic representation of a hedgehog.
(a) The common hyrax (Procavia syriaca) of Asia Minor; (b) some kind of porcupine.
Some kind of sea urchin; perh. the common European edible species (Echinus esculenta); ~ fish, ~ of the se.
Cook. A dish made by roasting a stuffed pig's stomach stuck with slivered almonds or fried pastry.