sea cucumber


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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Examples of sea cucumber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are over 1,250 species of sea cucumber in the world. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage startup aims to get more seafood into the mouths of babies," 23 Nov. 2020 Till 2001, there were no legal hurdles in catching sea cucumbers. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "India readies the world’s first safe zone for sea cucumbers," 5 May 2020 Another potential fishery for Prince William Sound is sea cucumbers. Anchorage Daily News, "US seafood industry gets $300 million in coronavirus relief, hopes for more protections," 31 Mar. 2020 The waters are usually clear enough to spot starfish and sea cucumbers on the seafloor among the darting fish. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "A British Columbia Road Trip With Forest Views and Craft Brews," 26 Feb. 2020 Red sea cucumbers last year paid out at over $4 a pound to fishermen. Anchorage Daily News, "Warmer waters threaten to make the commercial salmon fishery less predictable," 17 Sep. 2019 Last year in southeast Alaska, the dive fishery—in which divers harvest geoduck clams, urchins, and sea cucumbers off the coastal seafloor—had an ex-vessel value (money made directly by fisherman) of $13 million. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "Are Sea Otters the Next Wolves?," 11 Dec. 2019 The totoaba bladder seizure comes less than a month after a court sentenced an ex-US Border Patrol agent to prison for smuggling, among other things, $250,000 worth of protected Mexican sea cucumbers into the United States. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "“Tourists” caught in US with endangered fish bladders worth $3.7 million," 18 June 2019 In the 1800s, traders sailed to the ends of the earth for exotic items, like tropical sea cucumbers, that might appeal to the Chinese consumer. Yoni Wilkenfeld, Quartz, "From tea to iPhones, US-China trade tensions span centuries," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sea cucumber

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea cucumber was in 1841

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6 Dec 2020

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“Sea cucumber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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