Echinus meaning

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A sea urchin of the genus Echinus.
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(architecture) A convex molding just below the abacus of a Doric capital.
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(architecture) The rounded moulding forming the bell of the capital of the Grecian Doric style, which is of a peculiar elastic curve.
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(architecture) The quarter-round moulding (ovolo) of the Roman Doric style.
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(architecture) The egg-and-anchor or egg-and-dart moulding, because often identified with the Roman Doric capital.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Echinidae — certain sea urchins.
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Origin of echinus

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin echīnus (“sea urchin”), from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhinos).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin, a hedgehog, sea urchin, from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhinos).

    From Wiktionary