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e•chi•nus



Pronunciation: (i-kī'nus), [key]
n.,
pl. -niPronunciation: (-nī). [key]

1. any sea urchin of the genus Echinus.
2. Archit.
a. an ovolo molding, esp. one having an outline with several radii or one carved with an egg-and-dart pattern. See illus. under molding.
b. the prominent circular molding supporting the abacus of a Doric or Tuscan capital.
c. Also called cymatium. the circular molding, usually carved with an egg-and-dart pattern, forming part of an Ionic capital between the volutes and under the balteus.

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