sea cucumber

noun

Definition of sea cucumber 

: any of a class (Holothurioidea) of echinoderms having a tough muscular elongate body with tentacles surrounding the mouth

called also holothurian

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The headless chicken monster is actually a type of sea cucumber commonly found in the Gulf of Mexico. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mysterious 'Headless Chicken Monster' Spotted in Ocean Near Antarctica," 22 Oct. 2018 Moving between mid-water and the deep sea, Phillips and Gruber were able to handle a wide range of organisms, like a glass sponge, a sea cucumber, a branching coral, and even free-floating bioluminescent tunicates. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Soft Robotic Arm Is Built To Study the Ocean's Most Delicate Creatures," 3 Oct. 2018 Daleo, who was also indicted in April on federal charges of smuggling protected sea cucumbers and sea horses, worked as a Border Patrol agent in the San Diego area from 1992 to 2003. Alex Riggins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Former San Diego-area Border Patrol agent admits to drug charge in federal court," 12 July 2018 Some researchers suspect the Bajau only began diving to great depths when a market for sea cucumbers opened up in China in the 1600s. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea," 19 Apr. 2018 Here’s what’s on offer: Dumplings with croaker fish and sea cucumberThe dish hails from Gageo Island, Shinan county, where former President Kim Dae-jung was born. Jihye Lee, Bloomberg.com, "Two Korean Leaders to Dine on ‘Sunshine Menu’," 24 Apr. 2018 Divers spend more than 60% of their 8-hour work days underwater, spearing fish, hunting sea cucumbers, and gathering black coral to fashion into jewelry. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Indonesian divers have evolved bigger spleens to hunt underwater," 19 Apr. 2018 For more than 2,000 years, abalone has been served to celebrate special occasions and honor guests, taking a pride of place alongside other luxury ingredients like shark fin and sea cucumber. Kimon De Greef, New York Times, "Divers Risk Drowning and Sharks to Poach Abalone Worth $200 a Pound," 31 Mar. 2018 There are more than 600 active commercial permits in fisheries most affected by otters — urchins, geoduck clams, sea cucumbers and Dungeness crabs. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskans make new push to kill more sea otters, saying they’re decimating Southeast shellfish," 17 Mar. 2018

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1841, in the meaning defined above

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sea cucumber

noun

Kids Definition of sea cucumber

: a sea animal that is related to the starfish and has a flexible muscular body shaped like a cucumber

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