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

  • n. A sea urchin of the genus Echinus.
  • n. Architecture A convex molding just below the abacus of a Doric capital.


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

Latin echīnus, sea urchin, from Greek ekhīnos, sea urchin, hedgehog, from ekhis, adder, viper.


  • In the coming decade, the abuse of agrochemicals and uncontrolled fishing and hunting are expected to Euphorbia echinus, Euphorbia resinifera, Senecio put more pressure on the fragile ecosystems and the threatened endemic species, particularly in hotspots.

    Northern Africa and biodiversity

  • However, some of the species of succulent shrubs have a scattered distribution in the northern part of this ecoregion, most notably Euphorbia regis-jubae, E. echinus, and Senecio anteuphorbium.

    Atlantic coastal desert

  • Raw echinus (“kier-bang”), saline and tonic, would clear the palate for succeeding delicacies.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • And indeed, why should he have thought this difficult? seeing the herb ethiopis opens all locks whatsoever, and an echinus or remora, a silly weakly fish, in spite of all the winds that blow from the thirty-two points of the compass, will in the midst of a hurricane make you the biggest first-rate remain stock still, as if she were becalmed or the blustering tribe had blown their last.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Connected with this is the ‘echinus’ (or many-plies), rough inside and laminated, and of about the same size as the reticulum.

    The History of Animals

  • "Charity you are an echinus; harmless and pleasing to look at but very prickly."

    Two Weeks To Remember

  • Would the echinus ever be aware of their existence? '

    When The World Screamed

  • This echinus is a model, a prototype, of the world.

    When The World Screamed

  • 'The old man may not be so far out with his blessed echinus.'

    When The World Screamed

  • The projection of the bands of the cushions should be thus obtained: place one leg of a pair of compasses in the centre of the capital and open out the other to the edge of the echinus; bring this leg round and it will touch the outer edge of the bands.

    The Ten Books on Architecture


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  • L. echinus = 1. a hedgehog; 2. sea-urchin; 3. land-urchin; 4. copper vessel for the table, rinsing bowl; 5. prickly husk of a chestnut; 6. ornament under the chapiter of a Doric or Ionic column,

    July 13, 2012

  • the hedging hog???

    February 7, 2012