• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spatangus (Zoöl) A genus of heart-shaped sea urchins belonging to the Spatangoidea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spatangus The representative genus of the family Spatangidæ, and a type form of the irregular sea-urchins called Spatangoida.
    • n spatangus A species of this genus: as, the violet spatangus
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spatangus spā-tang′gus the typical genus of Spatangidæ, a family of irregular sea-urchins, the heart-urchins
    • n Spatangus one of these
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. L. spatangius, a kind of sea urchin, Gr.


In literature:

There is a peculiar Spatangus (Sea-Urchin) found throughout the whole series of beds in which this Terebratula occurs.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, August, 1863, No. 70" by Various
Spatangus, figure of, 23.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell