sea urchin


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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At dinner, the chefs offer ambitious tasting menus featuring offbeat combinations like quail with buckwheat and sea urchin. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "The Most Innovative Chefs in Lyon, France’s Gastronomic Capital," 24 July 2018 There was chilled Dungeness crab, a few pristine white chunks under sea urchin foam, to be spooned from a shot glass. New York Times, "Legacy Records Looks for History in a Brand New Neighborhood," 19 June 2018 The study, published in the journal Ecography, said the sea urchin population skyrocketed after the 2013 outbreak of a disease that killed off sea stars, the urchins’ primary predator. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Monterey Bay Aquarium’s program to save sea otters revives their habitat," 21 Apr. 2018 The food emphasizes creative takes on Italian classics, like a scampi crudo with artichoke hearts and burrata, cacio e pepe pasta with sea urchin, and pork with celery and cherries soaked in Armagnac. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 2018 The bracing ceviches for which Zarate is rightly famous are in full force, too: pristine scallop and sea urchin floating in leche de tigre with fried garlic, or delicate Ensenada sea bass in a yuzu-walnut dressing. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 To help the kelp, commercial divers along Northern California’s Mendocino coast are tending a precious stand of kelp forest, plucking off the purple sea urchins by hand and using suction hoses to vacuum them up, says Catton. Washington Post, "Sea otters rebound but struggle to regain historic range," 18 May 2018 Style your coffee table like a pro: When designing the top of your coffee table, start with something large and wonderful in the middle: a floral in an interesting pot, a huge bowl (maybe filled with sea urchins or something else interesting). Colleen Egan, ELLE Decor, "How to Style Your Home Like a Staging Pro," 1 Apr. 2015 The number of sea urchins also dropped in the north while rising in the south. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "It’s too soon to tell if the Great Barrier Reef’s bleaching was a catastrophe," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of sea urchin

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea urchin was in 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of sea urchin

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

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Kids Definition of sea urchin

: 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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