from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The sea-cucumbers, holothurians, or Holothurioidea.
  • n. A genus of sea-slugs, typical of the family Holothuriidæ.
  • n. [lowercase] An individual of this genus.

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  • n. type genus of the Holothuridae


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  • Many creatures are unattached but motionless, as is the case with oysters and the so-called holothuria.

    The History of Animals

  • "Listen." 1 read aloud to Kwan: --- Caninecutlets, bird fricassee, stewed holothuria, worms, and snakes.

    the secret sense

  • The yield of the trawling was extraordinarily abundant; large asterids, crinoids, sponges, holothuria, a gigantic sea-spider (Pycnogonid), masses of worms, crustacea, &c.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

  • Near where we stood the ground was rather more open, and we saw the black mud covered with numberless marine animals, sea-urchins, _holothuria_, or sea-slugs, crabs, and several other creatures, many of brilliant hues, which contrasted curiously with the dark mud over which they were crawling.

    In the Wilds of Africa

  • Thus, too, the same power of progressive individuation articulates the tentacula of the polypus and holothuria into antennæ; thereby manifesting the full emersion and eminency of irritability as a power which acts in, and gives its own character to, that of reproduction.

    Hints towards the formation of a more comprehensive theory of life.

  • In the future, 1 shall strive to be less than honourable 1 1 put the journal down. 1 wonder what holothuria is. "

    the secret sense


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