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Ericius

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The story of The Hedgehog is adapted from Pliny's Natural History, Isidore's Etymologiae and the text of the Aberdeen Bestiary.

For more information about hedgehogs, visit the Ericius in the Zoo. You can also visit the Hedgehog page at the bestiary.ca website for a discussion in English, bibliography and other useful references.

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Ericius est animal
spinis coopertum
quibus undique protectus est
contra insidias.
quibus: relative pronoun, antecedent is spinis
Nam statim ut
aliquid presenserit,
primum se subrigit
atque spinis suis clauditur
et in globum conversus
in sua se arma recolligit.
statim ut: "as soon as"
Huius prudentia quaedam est,
nam dum absciderit uvam
de vite,
sese volutat supinus
super eam,
et sic exhibet natis suis.

exhibit = exhibit eam (uvam)

Praeparant vero hiemi cibos
volutantes supra iacentia poma
adfixa spinis,
unum amplius
tenentes ore,
et portant in cavas arbores.

vero: postpositive

volutantes...tenentes...portant: participles plus verb (they roll... and hold... and carry...)

Idemque
futuri providus
geminas sibi respirandi vias
munit
ut
quando Boream flaturum collegerit,
septemtrionalem viam obstruat,

obstruat: subjunctive with ut

flaturum (esse): infinitive in indirect statement (introduced by collegerit, subject is boream)

quando cognoverit
Notum
detegere aeris nebulam
ad septemtrionalem viam
se conferat
ut flatus declinet nocituros.

detegere: infinitive in indirect statement (introduced by cognoverit, subject is Notum, object is nebulam)

conferat: subjunctive with ut (in the phrase munit...ut)
declinet: subjunctive with ut (in the phrase se conferat ut)

flatus...nocituros: split phrase


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