[hol-uh-thoo r-ee-uh n, hoh-luh-]
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Holothuroidea.
Also hol·o·thu·ri·oid [hol-uh-thoo r-ee-oid] /ˌhɒl əˈθʊər iˌɔɪd/.

Origin of holothurian

1835–45; < New Latin Holothuri(a) genus name (plural of Latin holothūrium < Greek holothoúrion kind of zoophyte, equivalent to holo- holo- + -thourion < ?) + -an
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  1. any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, including the sea cucumbers, having a leathery elongated body with a ring of tentacles around the mouth
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Holothuroidea

Word Origin for holothurian

C19: from New Latin Holothūria name of type genus, from Latin: water polyp, from Greek holothourion, of obscure origin
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[hŏl′ə-thurē-ən, hō′lə-]
  1. Any of various echinoderms of the class Holothuroidea, characterized by elongated bodies with tentacles around the mouth and five rows of tube feet. Holothurians are softer than other echinoderms because they lack spines and the skeleton is greatly reduced. Holothurians can extrude their internal organs to distract predators and grow a new set within a few weeks. Also called sea cucumber
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