- sea urchin
- molding under the abacus of the capital of a Doric column
- any of several similar moldings
Origin of echinusClassical Latin from Classical Greek echinos from Indo-European an unverified form e?hinos, of snakes from base an unverified form e?hi-, snake
- A sea urchin of the genus Echinus.
- Architecture A convex molding just below the abacus of a Doric capital.
Origin of echinusLatin echīnus sea urchin from Greek ekhīnos sea urchin, hedgehog from ekhis adder, viper
- (architecture) The rounded moulding forming the bell of the capital of the Grecian Doric style, which is of a peculiar elastic curve.
- (architecture) The quarter-round moulding (ovolo) of the Roman Doric style.
- (architecture) The egg-and-anchor or egg-and-dart moulding, because often identified with the Roman Doric capital.
From Latin, a hedgehog, sea urchin, from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhinos).
From Latin echīnus (“sea urchin”), from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhinos).