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holothurian

Line breaks: holo|thur¦ian
Pronunciation: /ˌhɒlə(ʊ)ˈθjʊərɪən
 
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Definition of holothurian in English:

noun

Zoology
A sea cucumber.
Example sentences
  • In fact, crinoids, holothurians, and ophiuroids rule the floor of the deep oceans at depths below 500 metres.
  • There was significantly greater population density of holothurians when a coral reef was adjacent to the mangroves than a shoreline with coral reef alone or mangroves alone.
  • The water vascular system, found in all echinoderms, accommodates the elongated body of the holothurians.

Origin

mid 19th century: from the modern Latin genus name Holothuria (from Greek holothourion, denoting a kind of zoophyte) + -an.

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