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e·chi·nus

 (ĭ-kī′nəs)
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.]

echinus

(ɪˈkaɪnəs)
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]

e•chi•nus

(ɪˈkaɪ nəs)

n., pl. -ni (-nī).
2.
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