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Friday, 27 March 2009

"Hedgehog" in Other Languages



Interested in Hedgehogs? Here are some translations of what Hedgehogs are called in other languages.

Afrikaans: krimpvarkie (S.A.)
Tswana : sethlong (S.A.)
Anglo-Saxon: igil or il
Arabic: qunfud
Bengali: kata chua (spikey mouse)
Bulgarian: taralej
Chinese: ci-wei (needle animal)
Cornish: sort
Croatian: jez
Czech: jezek
Danish: pindsvin
Dutch: egel
English: hedgehog, hedge-pig, herichun, urchin
Finnish: siili
French: herisson
Gaelic: crainneag
German: igel
Greek: skandzohoiros
Hebrew: kipod
Hindi: aik parkar ka jangli chuha ("a spikey sort of mouse")
Hungarian: sün, süni, sündisznó
Irish: grainneog
Korean: kosŭmdoch’i
Italian: riccio
Japanese: hejjihoggu or harinezumi
Latin: erinaceus
Maltese: Qanfud
Mandarin Chinese: Cìweì
Norwegian: piggsvin
Persian: kharpusht
Polish: jez
Portuguese: ourico
Punjabi: kanderala ("thorned animal")
Russian: ezh
Slovenian: jez.
Spanish: erizo
Swahili: kalunguyeye
Turkish: kirpi
Swedish: igelkott
Welsh: draenog

FROM Hedgehog Central. Our many thanks go out to all those who have contributed to this growing list of translations - Bryan


2 comments:

  1. Wow so many names for one small creature. ho would have thought they were so wide spread.
    That young Hedgehog is very cute.

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  2. Hi Glennis, Hedgehogs are indeed very wide-spread, but here in South Africa they are becoming more rare by the day due to the veld fires and the practice of indigenous peoples spiking them with a sharp object while they're rolled up, then wrapping them in mud and cooking them over an open fire. Once cooked, the skin with prickles just peeles off, leaving the edible flesh...

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