sea cucumber

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A sea cucumber.


From sea +‎ cucumber, named in reference to its appearance. The term first appeared in common use in the 19th century, and is a calque of French concombre de mer according to the Oxford English Dictionary.


sea cucumber (plural sea cucumbers)

  1. An echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, with an elongated body and leathery skin.
    Synonyms: bêche-de-mer, holothurian, trepang
    Hyponym: swimming sea cucumber


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