sand dollar


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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Recent Examples on the Web The species that are shrinking in distribution the most—anywhere from 30% to 50%—include the common sand dollar as well as the blue mussel, an economically important species and a keystone member of intertidal communities. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Ocean warming has seafloor species headed in the wrong direction," 7 Sep. 2020 During minus low tides, such as those that arrive during late afternoon over the Thanksgiving holidays, this is often a good area to find sand dollars (no collecting at Ocean Beach or inside the boundary of Funston or Thornton beach). Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday getaway to San Francisco’s Fort Funston," 23 Nov. 2019 Simple treasures like sand dollars, shells, driftwood and bottles (some with notes) are the most common. Tom Stienstra,, "Whale skull washes up in Marin: What’s coming next?," 27 Oct. 2019 The beach leads south for miles to Center Hole, becoming more remote with every step, with tons of sand dollars during minus low tides. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday getaway to San Francisco’s Fort Funston," 23 Nov. 2019 At low tide, wander through an array of sea anemones, colorful sea stars, and sand dollars. Libby Leonard, National Geographic, "How to see the wonders of the West Coast—without a car," 14 Dec. 2019 The Second City mainstage now brings you Flexit, a divorce plan for Florida that already has lined up its own currency: sand dollars. Chris Jones,, "Second City’s ‘Do You Believe in Madness?’ has a funny, young cast and a plan: divorce Florida," 9 Nov. 2019 Here’s the place Even though many shells and sand dollars will just break up, collecting is prohibited at many beaches. Tom Stienstra,, "Whale skull washes up in Marin: What’s coming next?," 27 Oct. 2019 And Friday morning, Jonathan Anderson’s collection at Loewe was filled with delicate lace, filmy dresses with patterns that hinted at sand dollars and satin ones that were elegant without being prim. Washington Post, "Olivier Rousteing said his Balmain collection was inspired by his millennial childhood. That’s not fair to millennials.," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sand dollar

1884, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2020

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“Sand dollar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sand dollar

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

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Kids Definition of sand dollar

: a flat round sea urchin

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