[ih-kahy-nuh s] /ɪˈkaɪ nəs/

noun, plural echini
[ih-kahy-nahy] /ɪˈkaɪ naɪ/ (Show IPA)
any sea urchin of the genus Echinus.

noun (pl) -ni (-naɪ)
(architect) an ovolo moulding between the shaft and the abacus of a Doric column
any of the sea urchins of the genus Echinus, such as E. esculentus (edible sea urchin) of the Mediterranean


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