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 (hŏl′ə-tho͝or′ē-ən, -thyo͝or′-, hō′lə-)
[From Latin holothūria, water polyp, from Greek holothourion.]

hol′o·thu′ri·an adj.


(Animals) any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, including the sea cucumbers, having a leathery elongated body with a ring of tentacles around the mouth
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Holothuroidea
[C19: from New Latin Holothūria name of type genus, from Latin: water polyp, from Greek holothourion, of obscure origin]


(ˌhɒl əˈθʊər i ən, ˌhoʊ lə-)

1. any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, comprising the sea cucumbers.
2. of or belonging to the Holothuroidea.
[1835–45; < New Latin Holothuri(a) genus name (pl. of Latin holothūrium < Greek holothoúrion kind of zoophyte]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.holothurian - echinoderm having a flexible sausage-shaped body, tentacles surrounding the mouth and tube feetholothurian - echinoderm having a flexible sausage-shaped body, tentacles surrounding the mouth and tube feet; free-living mud feeders
echinoderm - marine invertebrates with tube feet and five-part radially symmetrical bodies
class Holothuroidea, Holothuroidea - class of echinoderms including the sea cucumbers
Holothuria edulis, trepang - of warm coasts from Australia to Asia; used as food especially by Chinese
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Sexual cycle of three commercially important holothurian species (Echinodermata) from the lagoon of New Caledonia.
depolymerized holothurian glycosaminoglycan (DHG) is partially absorbed after oral administration.
Furthermore, holothurian (sea cucumber) among echinodermata is considered as a natural resource of sulfated polysaccharides.
Indeed, most of the saponin content would be conserved inside Cuvierian tubules because they are not expelled outside the holothurian.
Immunomodulatory Properties of Cucumariosides from the Edible Far-Eastern Holothurian Cucumaria japonica.
Pascal, "From Hatchery to Community --Madagascar's First Village-Based Holothurian Mariculture Programme," SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin 29 (2009): 38-43.
Aspects of the reproductive and larval biology and ecology of the temperate Holothurian Stichopus mollis (Hutton).
Thus, in her poem "Autotomy," Wislawa Szymborska appropriates the image of the holothurian (the sea cucumber) and that, when attacked, it splits into two as a defense mechanism.
The ecology of Holothurian fauna of Heron Reef and Moreton Bay.
Defensive adaptations of the dendrochirote holothurian Psolus chitonoides.
Regeneration in the holothurian echinoderm Synaptula hydriformis Lesueur.