echinus

noun
echi·​nus | \ i-ˈkī-nəs How to pronounce echinus (audio) \
plural echini\ i-​ˈkī-​ˌnī How to pronounce echinus (audio) \

Definition of echinus

2a : 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

First Known Use of echinus

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for echinus

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

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“Echinus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/echinus. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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