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n. pl. e·chi·ni (-nī′)
1. A sea urchin of the genus Echinus.
2. Architecture A convex molding just below the abacus of a Doric capital.

[Latin echīnus, sea urchin, from Greek ekhīnos, sea urchin, hedgehog, from ekhis, adder, viper.]


n, pl -ni (-naɪ)
1. (Architecture) architect an ovolo moulding between the shaft and the abacus of a Doric column
2. (Animals) any of the sea urchins of the genus Echinus, such as E. esculentus (edible sea urchin) of the Mediterranean
[C14: from Latin, from Greek ekhinos]


(ɪˈkaɪ nəs)

n., pl. -ni (-nī).
a. the prominent convex circular molding supporting the abacus of the capital of a Doric column.
b. any similar ovolo molding, often carved with an egg-and-dart pattern, as one on an Ionic capital.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin < Greek echînos hedgehog, sea urchin]
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Noun1.echinus - ovolo molding between the shaft and the abacus of a Doric columnechinus - ovolo molding between the shaft and the abacus of a Doric column
ovolo, quarter round, thumb - a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse
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Then they began to pass around the dusky, piquant, Arlesian sausages, and lobsters in their dazzling red cuirasses, prawns of large size and brilliant color, the echinus with its prickly outside and dainty morsel within, the clovis, esteemed by the epicures of the South as more than rivalling the exquisite flavor of the oyster, -- all the delicacies, in fact, that are cast up by the wash of waters on the sandy beach, and styled by the grateful fishermen "fruits of the sea.
A comparison of the biology of Echinus esculentus in different habitats.
Dentre as plantas do porte herbaceo (Figura 3 e 4), 42,9% das especies (Tabela 2) enquadram seu uso para forracao, a exemplo de Chamaecrista repens (Figura 3D), Diodella teres (Figura 3E), Evolvulus cordatus (Figura 3F), Gomphrena desertorum (Figura 3G), Mitracarpus baturitensis (Figura3J), Pavonia cancellata (Figura 4L), Rhaphiodon echinus (Figura 4N), Richardia scabra (Figura 40), Selaginella convoluta (Figura 4P) e Zornia brasiliensis (Figura 4U).
These results are similar to those reported for herbivorous species of sea urchins such as Echinus esculentus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Bonsdorff 1983) and Lytechinus variegatus (Leske, 1778) (Lawrence et al.
Acid-base status in the sea urchins Psammechinus millaris and Echinus esculentus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) during emersion.
stunkardi Byrd, Kinosternon Pulmonary Valid 1939 subrubrum Vessels Leucochlorodium Succinea Tentacle Valid migranum Byrd, 1940 retusa Mazocraeoides Dorsoma Gills Valid tennesseensis Price, cepedianum 1961 Paramacroideroides Lepisteus Intestine Valid echinus Venard, 1941 platostomus Prosthodendrium Lasiurus Intestine Valid transversum Byrd borealis & Macy, 1942 Pseudanthocotyloides Dorsoma Gills Valid banghami Price, 1961 cepedianum Pseudomazocraeoides D.
The second non-monophyletic genus is Hirpicium, which also divides into two clades: Hir 1, containing Hirpicium bechuanense, Hirpicium echinus, Hirpicium gazanioides, Hirpicium gorterioides, and Hirpicium pechuelii and Hir 2, containing Hirpicium diffusum and Hirpicium integrifolium.
The most famous of these is the Echinus tea service - named after the Latin for a sea urchin - which was ordered by Queen Victoria herself.
The base is offset from the stand by an articulated molding, with a double echinus face at the lower edge.
Erasmo cita, en su latin universalizado, el contraste arquiloquico de zorro y erizo: Multa novit vulpes, verum echinus unum magnum (o, aproximadamente: "El zorro planea muchas estrategias, el erizo conoce una sola estrategia, grande y efectiva").