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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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,, "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,, "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 McGraw took seven trips to the closed area in Whale Pass for a haul totaling more than 7,500 pounds of sea cucumbers valued at $35,288, troopers say. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Southeast Alaska fishermen illegally caught $35,000 worth of sea cucumbers, troopers say," 15 Mar. 2018 The chef is always trying to find fishermen to bring him things most people aren’t familiar with, such as Diamond turbot, kelp crabs, California king crabs, sea cucumbers and jellyfish. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Saison’s new tasting menu goes primal," 23 Feb. 2018

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1841, in the meaning defined above

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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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