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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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