ho·​lo·​thu·​ri·​an | \ ˌhō-lə-ˈthu̇r-ē-ən How to pronounce holothurian (audio) , -ˈthyu̇r-, ˌhä- \

Definition of holothurian

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holothurian adjective

Examples of holothurian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marine invertebrates—from octopuses to hermit crabs and creatures like the bizarre holothurians—are the focus of this photography book. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of holothurian

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for holothurian

New Latin Holothuria, a sea cucumber genus (going back to Latin, plural of holothūrion, zoophyte-like sea creature of uncertain identity, borrowed from Greek holothoúrion, of obscure origin) + -an entry 1

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The first known use of holothurian was circa 1842

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“Holothurian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holothurian. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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