sea urchin

noun
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of sea urchin

:any of numerous echinoderms (class Echinoidea) that are usually enclosed in thin brittle globular tests covered with movable spines

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1591


SEA URCHIN Defined for English Language Learners

sea urchin

noun

Definition of sea urchin for English Language Learners

  • : a small sea animal that lives on the ocean floor and is covered in sharp spines


SEA URCHIN Defined for Kids

sea urchin

noun

Definition of sea urchin for Students

:a small sea animal that is related to the starfish, lives on the sea bottom, and is enclosed in a roundish shell covered with spines that can move

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