noun, plural e·chi·ni [ih-kahy-nahy] /ɪˈkaɪ naɪ/.
- an ovolo molding, especially one having an outline with several radii or one carved with an egg-and-dart pattern.
- the prominent circular molding supporting the abacus of a Doric or Tuscan capital.
- Also called cymatium. the circular molding, usually carved with an egg-and-dart pattern, forming part of an Ionic capital between the volutes and under the balteus.
Origin of echinus
Examples from the Web for echinus
Yet the echinus can have, at the best, none but the most distant genetic relationship with the Polyzoa.On the Genesis of Species|St. George Mivart
Nerve-cells lying among the muscular fibres at the base of a spine in Echinus.
Others have acquired hard or armed shells, as the tortoise and the Echinus marinus.Evolution, Old & New|Samuel Butler
Echinus (e-kīnus), in architecture, the ovolo or quarter-round convex moulding, seen in capitals of the Doric order.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
A favourite subject for such inquiries is the sea urchin (Echinus of different kinds).More Science From an Easy Chair|Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester