A small or young hog or pig; a piglet.In quot. 1889
: a groundhog (woodchuck), Marmota monax
1611 J. Florio Queen Anna's New World of Words Porcastro, a Porkelet, a Hoglet, a Porklin.
1889 Lima (Ohio) Daily Times 4 Feb. 2/1 The ground hog saw his shadow, Saturday and sought retirement. Chief of Police Harley was one day ahead of his hoglet in seeing his.
1901 Daily Herald (Delphos, Ohio) 18 Mar. 4/2 Armed with a pair of pincers, he went after the tooth, after securing ‘his hoglet’... Piggy resented the liberties taken and closed its teeth on the inexperienced dentist's hand.
1972 P. Matthiessen Tree where Man was Born 29/1 A sow wart hog with five hoglets..rushed off in a single file at the scent of man.
2003 J. E. McKenna Southern Fire (2006) xvii. 418 As Kheda spoke, a couple of striped hoglets emerged from the underbrush, little noses rooting in the leaf litter.
2. A young or baby hedgehog.
1949 Afr. Wild Life July 72 If it was a coldish day the hoglets crawled in under their straw-bedding.
1989 Market Drayton Advertiser 4 Aug. 11/1 After a lengthy and exhaustive survey, particularly amongst members, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society has announced a name for the offspring—hoglets.
2007 Independent 28 Nov. (Extra section) 10/1 Baby hedgehogs are born with very soft, pliable spikes... These quickly harden to provide protection for the hoglet.