echinus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin, a hedgehog, sea urchin, from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhînos).

Noun[edit]

echinus (plural echini)

  1. (architecture) The rounded moulding forming the bell of the capital of the Grecian Doric style, which is of a peculiar elastic curve.
  2. (architecture) The quarter-round moulding (ovolo) of the Roman Doric style.
  3. (architecture) The egg-and-anchor or egg-and-dart moulding, because often identified with the Roman Doric capital.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Latin[edit]

echīnus (1, sea urchin)
echīnus (2, hedgehog)

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhînos).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

echīnus m (genitive echīnī); second declension

  1. a sea urchin, especially the edible kind
  2. a hedgehog
  3. the prickly husk of a chestnut
  4. a rinsing bowl, especially of copper
  5. (architecture) an ornament under the chapiter of an Ionic or Doric column

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative echīnus echīnī
genitive echīnī echīnōrum
dative echīnō echīnīs
accusative echīnum echīnōs
ablative echīnō echīnīs
vocative echīne echīnī

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References[edit]

  • echinus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879