: a Linnaean genus containing various rather wormlike aquatic animals (as some gephyreans and holothurians) originally thought to be modified mollusks
: a large cosmopolitan genus of holothurians that is the type of the family Holothuriidae and is characterized by the presence of scattered more or less papillate pedicels compare trepang

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, a water polyp, from Greek holothourion

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“Holothuria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holothuria. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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