[ hol-uh-thoo r-ee-uh n, hoh-luh- ]
/ ˌhɒl əˈθʊər i ən, ˌhoʊ lə- /
any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, comprising the sea cucumbers.
belonging or pertaining to the Holothuroidea.
Also hol·o·thu·ri·oid [hol-uh-thoo r-ee-oid] /ˌhɒl əˈθʊər iˌɔɪd/.
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Examples from the Web for holothurian
The Holothurian of our coast, excelling all the rest in beauty, is the Cuvieria.Seaside Studies in Natural History|Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz
The perforation so formed, becomes the micropyle of the Holothurian egg, which was first discovered by Joh.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour
British Dictionary definitions for holothurian
/ (ˌhɒləˈθjʊərɪən) /
any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, including the sea cucumbers, having a leathery elongated body with a ring of tentacles around the mouth
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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Science definitions for holothurian
[ hŏl′ə-thur′ē-ən, hō′lə- ]
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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