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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.
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.
Doric column: a channeled column without a base, having as a capital a circular echinus supporting a square abacus, above which comes a plain architrave, a frieze of triglyphs and metopes, and a cornice the corona of which has mutules on its soffit.
2% 1% 1% 5% Macroderoididae Glypthelmins quieta 0% 0% 26% 0% Macroderoides typicus 37% 40% 12% 62% Paramaroderoides echinus 23% 47% 13% 36% Ochetosomatidae 18% 37% 9% 72% Dasymetra conferta Ochetosoma aniarum Ochetosoma ellipticum Pneumatophilus variabilis Paramphistomatidae 8% 3% 5% 2% Allassostomoides chelydrae Megalodiscus intermedius Telorchidae 15% 8% 10% 80% Auridistomum chelydrae Protenes angustus Telorchis clavi Telorchis corti Nematode Larvae: Dioctophymidae Eustrongylides sp.