A sea urchin of the genus Echinus.
(architecture) A convex molding just below the abacus of a Doric capital.
(architecture) The egg-and-anchor or egg-and-dart moulding, because often identified with the Roman Doric capital.
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 Latin, a hedgehog, sea urchin, from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhinos).