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 Southeast’s sea cucumber fishery opens to divers on October 4 with a catch of nearly 1.9 million pounds. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Sep. 2021 The sea cucumber's posterior is so much more than an exit hole for digestive waste. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 18 May 2021 Not oil, but the sea cucumber, a large slug-like creature that infests the ocean floor. The Economist, 17 Apr. 2021 The sea cucumber fishery closed on March 31 with an allowable harvest of 1.7 million pounds. Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2021 About 150 divers are finishing up a 1.7 million-pound sea cucumber harvest and 50 more are still going down for over half a million pounds of geoduck clams. Anchorage Daily News, 9 Feb. 2021 Researchers hope that their study can be expanded to count and manage global sea cucumber populations. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2021 There are over 1,250 species of sea cucumber in the world. Anchorage Daily News, 23 Nov. 2020 Till 2001, there were no legal hurdles in catching sea cucumbers. K A Shaji, Quartz India, 5 May 2020

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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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“Sea cucumber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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