You should have seen her!
She was …
(but not peevish),
(yet not exactly sharp),
(without a trace of temper).
I’m quite sure she had four tiny paws and a little black nose,
but she was curled up into a bristled ball such that I couldn’t tell one end from the other.
She was positively erinaceous!
Can you guess what she was?
Lovingly dubbed Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by the lovely, late Beatrix Potter,
the creature I’ve described was none other than a …
In case, like me, you’d never heard the term “erinaceous,”
you can now add it to your vocabulary.
an adjective used to describe someone or something showing characteristics of the hedgehog kind or family.
Who knows when it might come in handy? (Ever had someone get a bit
prickly erinaceous on you, for no apparent reason?)