- any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, having a long, leathery body with tentacles around the anterior end.
Origin of sea cucumber
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for sea cucumber
The skeleton of the Sea-Cucumber is of a very meagre description.
The synapta is a marine animal closely allied to the sea-cucumber.The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical
Frank H. Stauffer
The sea-cucumber, which Europeans disdain, is a favourite dish among the Chinese.The Ocean World:
The mouth of a Sea-Cucumber is surrounded by a circlet of tentacles (partially indicated in the diagram, Fig. 38).
Sea′-gher′kin, a sea-cucumber; Sea′-gill′iflower, the common thrift; Sea′-gin′ger, millipore coral.
- any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, having an elongated body covered with a leathery skin and bearing a cluster of tentacles at the oral end. They usually creep on the sea bed or burrow in sand
C17: so named because of its cucumber-like shape
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- See holothurian.
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