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echinus Line breaks: ech|inus
Pronunciation: /ɪˈkʌɪnəs/

Definition of echinus in English:

noun

1 Zoology A sea urchin.
  • Genus Echinus, class Echinoidea: several species
2 Architecture A rounded moulding below an abacus on a Doric or Ionic capital.

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek ekhinos 'hedgehog, sea urchin'.

Words that rhyme with echinus

Aquinas, Delphinus, Linus, Longinus, minus, Plotinus, sinus, vinous

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