sea cucumber

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English[edit]

A sea cucumber.

Etymology[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

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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