- a nudibranch.
Origin of sea slug
First recorded in 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for sea slug
The bche-de-mer is a curious kind of sea-slug, rather like a sea cucumber.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Even the unsightly sea-cucumber, or sea-slug, is not to be outdone.Chatterbox, 1906
The trepang is a sort of sea-slug, which is dried and used by the Chinese to make soup.Mark Seaworth
William H.G. Kingston
I understand the sea-slug, which the Indians call balate, is thus captured.
Trepang (sea-slug, Holothuria) and shark-fins are sent to the Chinese markets; also mother-of-pearl, wax and gold dust.
- any of various shell-less marine gastropod molluscs, esp those of the order NudibranchiaSee nudibranch
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- Any of various colorful marine gastropods of the suborder Nudibranchia, lacking a shell and gills but having fringelike projections that serve as respiratory organs. Also called nudibranch
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