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echinus

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noun echi·nus \i-ˈkī-nəs\

Definition of echinus

plural echiniplay \-ˌnī\

  1. 1 :  sea urchin

  2. 2 a :  the rounded molding that lies directly beneath the abacus in the capital of a column in the Greek Doric order b :  a similar member in other orders



Origin of echinus

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek echinos hedgehog, sea urchin — more at ophite


First Known Use: 14th century

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