/hol'euh thoor"ee euhn, hoh'leuh-/, n.
1. any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, comprising the sea cucumbers.
2. belonging or pertaining to the Holothuroidea.
Also, holothurioid /hol'euh thoor"ee oyd'/.
[1835-45; < NL Holothuri(a) genus name (pl. of L holothurium < Gk holothoúrion kind of zoophyte, equiv. to holo- HOLO- + -thourion < ?) + -AN]

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  • holothurian — [häl΄ōthoor′ē ən, hō′ləthoor′ē ən, häl΄ōthyoor′ē ən, hō′ləthyoor′ē ən] n. [< L holothuria, pl. < Gr holothouria, pl. of holothourion, kind of water polyp] any of a class (Holothuroidea) of echinoderms with an elongated, flexible, wormlike… …   English World dictionary

  • holothurian — noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek holothourion water polyp Date: circa 1842 sea cucumber • holothurian adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • holothurian — noun sea cucumber (of the class Holothuroidea) …   Wiktionary

  • holothurian — [ˌhɒlə(ʊ) θjʊərɪən] noun Zoology a sea cucumber. Origin C19: from the mod. L. genus name Holothuria (from Gk holothourion, denoting a kind of zoophyte) + an …   English new terms dictionary

  • holothurian — hol·o·thu·ri·an …   English syllables

  • holothurian — hol•o•thu•ri•an [[t]ˌhɒl əˈθʊər i ən, ˌhoʊ lə [/t]] n. 1) ivt any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, comprising the sea cucumbers 2) ivt of or belonging to the Holothuroidea • Etymology: 1835–45; < NL Holothuri(a) genus name (pl. of L… …   From formal English to slang

  • holothurian — /hɒləˈθjuriən/ (say holuh thyoohreeuhn), / ˈθjʊər / (say thyoouhr ) noun any of the Holothuroidea, a class of echinoderms having a long leathery body and tentacles round the anterior end as the sea cucumber. {New Latin Holothuria genus name (from …   Australian English dictionary

  • holothurian —   n. sea cucumber …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • holothurian —   See sea cucumber …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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