echinus

Definitions

  • Echinus
    Echinus
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n echinus ovolo molding between the shaft and the abacus of a Doric column
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Echinus (Zoöl) A genus of echinoderms, including the common edible sea urchin of Europe.
    • Echinus (Zoöl) A hedgehog.
    • Echinus (Arch) A name sometimes given to the egg and anchor or egg and dart molding, because that ornament is often identified with the Roman Doric capital. The name probably alludes to the shape of the shell of the sea urchin.
    • Echinus (Arch) The quarter-round molding (ovolo) of the Roman Doric style. See Illust. of Column
    • Echinus (Arch) The rounded molding forming the bell of the capital of the Grecian Doric style, which is of a peculiar elastic curve. See Entablature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Echinus a sea-urchin:
    • n Echinus (archit.) the convex projecting moulding of eccentric curve in Greek examples, supporting the abacus of the Doric capital
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a hedgehog, sea urchin, Gr. 'echi^nos
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. echinos, a hedgehog, and derma, skin.

Usage

In literature:

With the same injustice he held possession of Thebes in Phthiotis, of Echinus, Larissa, and Pharsalus.
"History of Rome, Vol III" by Titus Livius
M. echinus (hedgehog-like); Fig.
"Cactus Culture For Amateurs" by W. Watson
Others have acquired hard or armed shells, as the tortoise and the echinus marinus.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
Others have acquired hard or armed shells, as the tortoise and the Echinus marinus (p. 239).
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Yet the echinus can have, at the best, none but the most distant genetic relationship with the Polyzoa.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
If I was to bend round the rays of the starfish and fill up the interior, I could produce an animal very like the echinus.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
A favourite subject for such inquiries is the sea urchin (Echinus of different kinds).
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
Echinus, figure of, 23.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
Where is echinus molding used?
"Polly in New York" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Echinus echinometrites sea hedghogge whose neat shells are common on the shoare the fish aliue often taken by the dragges among the oysters.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne" by Thomas Browne
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