a combining form meaning “prickly; spiny,” used in the formation of compound words: echinulate.
a combining form representing echinoderm in compound words: echinoid.
- Also called echin-.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use echino- in a sentence
With what pleasure I counted the yellow blossoms of the echino-cactus!
Ars varia vulpis, ast una echino maxima—The fox has many tricks; the hedgehog only one, and that greatest of all.
In crossing the table-top, we stumbled upon huge echino-cacti, that grew over the ground like ant-hills or gigantic bee-hives.The War Trail | Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for echino-
indicating spiny or prickly: echinoderm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012