sand dollar

noun

Definition of sand dollar 

: any of numerous flat circular sea urchins (order Clypeasteroida) that live chiefly in shallow water on sandy bottoms

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Sea stars are more closely linked with sand dollars and sea urchins. Nina Maclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "Seeing the shore anew; Brookline to read ‘Underground Railroad’," 23 Mar. 2018 Here, from a sand dollar–strewn beach to the conch salad not to be missed, the native islander sounds off on the very best of the Bahamas. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Designer Rebecca de Ravenel’s Bahamas Guide: Best Beaches, Basket Bag Shopping, and Beyond," 13 Jan. 2018 They were surrounded by thousands of tiny sand dollars. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "In search of the perfect shell on Florida's Sanibel Island (photos)," 10 Jan. 2018 The sand dollar that washed up on Olga Bay, above, home of a seaplane base. Photographs And Text By Christopher Miller, New York Times, "130 Miles, 8 Days, 1 Spellbound Photographer on Kodiak Island," 28 Aug. 2017

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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sand dollar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sand dollar

: the round, flat shell of a small sea animal; also : the small sea animal itself

sand dollar

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Kids Definition of sand dollar

: a flat round sea urchin

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