E is for Erinaceous

hedgehogSome website had this list of words that you “never see in a blog post.” That was practically a throwdown.

The word erinaceous means “pertaining to a hedgehog.” Appropriate because, as we ALL know, the scientific name for hedgehog is Erinaceinae.

I have this hairbrush, and it looks a bit like the back of the creature. It feels really nice on my scalp.

There is an animated creature called Sonic the Hedgehog that only mildly looks like a hedgehog.

Conversely, the protein sonic hedgehog, which “functions as a chemical signal that is essential for embryonic development, through cell growth, cell specialization, and the normal shaping (patterning) of the body,” sort of DOES look like a hedgehog, if you look at it in a microscope. “This protein is important for development of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), eyes, limbs, and many other parts of the body.”

Saving the hedgehog from the McFlurry, an ice cream product from McDonalds.

LISTEN to a hedgehog snoring.

ABC Wednesday, Round 15


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