Definition of echinus:
- A genus of echinoderms, including the common edible sea urchin of Europe.
- A hedgehog.
- A name sometimes given to the egg and anchor or egg and dart molding, because that ornament is often identified with Roman Doric capital. The name probably alludes to the shape of the shell of the sea urchin.
- The quarter- round molding ( ovolo) of the Roman Doric style. See Illust. of Column
- The rounded molding forming the bell of the capital of the Grecian Doric style, which is of a peculiar elastic curve. See Entablature.
Echinus Philippensis, H. Baillon.- "The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines", T. H. Pardo de Tavera.
- "On the Origin and Metamorphoses of Insects", Sir John Lubbock.
We obtained, at the same time, large pieces of Labularia digitata, Sertularia abietina, upon which nothing of the animal kind was to be seen, but attached to which was frequently found Flustra dentata; also Pagurus Bernhardus, Fusus antiquus, Rostellaria pes pelecani, Cardium echinatum, Ascidia Prunum, Balanus sulcatus, Echinus saxatilis, and Spatangus flavescens.- "A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2", Otto von Kotzebue.