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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Fall means the start of dive fisheries for pricey sea cucumbers. Anchorage Daily News, "Warmer waters threaten to make the commercial salmon fishery less predictable," 17 Sep. 2019 The footage was full of life: in Java, thousands of tiny translucent sea cucumbers grazed in the sand like cattle. The Economist, "The last of the great explorers," 6 Sep. 2019 Eels, sea cucumbers, queen conchs, marine turtles, some corals, sturgeons, and sea horses were also added to the list. The Christian Science Monitor, "role of unions in the 2020 election," 29 Aug. 2019 In the crater study, the team found high levels of radiation in the crater’s underwater sediment, while also observing a surprising number of living organisms — including sea cucumbers, considered a delicacy in many areas of the world. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, "Radiation in parts of the Marshall Islands is far higher than Chernobyl, study says," 15 July 2019 In the crater study, the team found high levels of radiation in the crater’s underwater sediment, while also observing a surprising number of living organisms — including sea cucumbers, considered a delicacy in many areas of the world. Susanne Rust, latimes.com, "Radioactivity in parts of the Marshall Islands is far higher than Chernobyl, study says," 15 July 2019 Other undersea crops being grown in Alaska include urchins, sea cucumbers, mussels and giant geoduck clams. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s fledgling mariculture industry expands its reach; former Dunleavy staffer named to fish board," 5 June 2019 Credit where credit is due: Evolution has invented a galaxy of clever adaptations, from fish that swim up sea cucumber butts and eat their gonads, to parasites that mind-control their hosts in wildly complex ways. Matt Simon, WIRED, "An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship," 4 July 2019 His collection includes chocolate porcelain crabs, pelagic red crabs, scarlet sea cucumbers and sea butterflies — all species once rare but now common to the Sonoma coast. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "How is climate change is effecting oceans? Check the tide pools," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of sea cucumber

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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