from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Plural of echinus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Cuvier's system of classification, the second family of pedicellate echinoderms, containing the sea-urchins: equivalent to several modern families, or to the whole of the order or class Echinoidea.
  • [lowercase] Plural of echinus.


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  • (ALCYONARIA) has a sulphurous savour of its own, and the echini and b阠he-de-mer are also to be separately distinguished by their fumes.

    My Tropic Isle

  • Quite a flock of other little world-echini are doing the same thing, Venus, Mars, and the rest, each with its own field for grazing. '

    When The World Screamed

  • As we sailed along the rock, we observed that it is covered with echini, polypii, barnacles, limpets, and crusted with white bivalves less than oysters or cockles, yet containing a fish not unlike the latter in appearance, and the former in flavour.

    Journal of a Voyage to Brazil And Residence There During Part of the Years 1821, 1822, 1823

  • Globeshaped jelly-fish as big as oranges, great cuttlefish bones flat and shining and white, shark's teeth, spines of echini; sometimes a dead scarus fish, its stomach distended with bits of coral on which it had been feeding; crabs, sea urchins, sea-weeds of strange colour and shape; star-fish, some tiny and of the colour of cayenne pepper, some huge and pale.

    The Blue Lagoon: a romance

  • The skeletonless coral (ALCYONARIA) has a sulphurous savour of its own, and the echini and bêche-de-mer are also to be separately distinguished by their fumes.

    My Tropic Isle

  • Among the molluscs and zoophytes, I found in the meshes of the net several species of alcyonarians, echini, hammers, spurs, dials, cerites, and hyalleae.

    Vingt mille lieues sous les mers. English

  • Fossils of belemnite, cockles (cardium), and lamp-shells (terebratula) have been found in the chalk, and numerous echini, with the pentagon star on their base, are picked up in the gravels and called by the country people Shepherds 'Crowns -- or even fossil toads.

    John Keble's Parishes

  • "See, the whole beach is covered with beautiful shells, and there may be sea anemones and echini, and star-fish, and all sorts of marine creatures."

    Dick Cheveley His Adventures and Misadventures

  • Superb specimens were secured, -- large boulders crowded with colossal shells and perfectly preserved echini.

    Louis Agassiz: His Life and Correspondence

  • The _polypi, echini, asterias_, and other _radiata_ of the coast, as well as the _acalephæ_ of the deeper waters, have shared the same neglect: and literally nothing has been done to collect and classify the infusoriæ and minuter zoophytes, the labours of Dr. Kelaart amongst the Diatomaceæ being the solitary exception.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon


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