from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various cucumber-shaped echinoderms of the class Holothuroidea, having a flexible body with tentacles surrounding the mouth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, with an elongated body and leathery skin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Any large holothurian, especially one of those belonging to the genus Pentacta, or Cucumaria, as the common American and European species. (P. frondosa).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Some or any holothurian; a trepang or bêche-de-mer: also called sea-pudding, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. echinoderm having a flexible sausage-shaped body, tentacles surrounding the mouth and tube feet; free-living mud feeders
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Mr. Gaite has dropped his day’s work like a rancid sea cucumber in order to concern himself with my needs.
Those commodities included pearl shell and dried sea cucumber as well as bird of paradise skins and other rare items, and a voyage out to Aru could be the central event of a Buginese trader’s lifetime, like a Moslem’s long pilgrimage to Mecca.
The merchants of Macassar, both the Buginese and the immigrant Chinese, dealt in a wide variety of natural products from throughout the Malay region—rattan from Borneo, sandalwood and beeswax from Flores and Timor, sea cucumber from the Gulf of Carpentaria, cajuputi oil from Bouru, as well as staples such as rice and coffee.