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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Echinus  \E*chi"nus\,  n.;  pl  {Echini}.  [L.,  a  hedgehog,  sea 
  urchin,  Gr  ?.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  hedgehog. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  genus  of  echinoderms,  including  the  common 
  edible  sea  urchin  of  Europe. 
 
  3.  (Arch.) 
  a  The  rounded  molding  forming  the  bell  of  the  capital  of 
  the  Grecian  Doric  style,  which  is  of  a  peculiar 
  elastic  curve.  See  {Entablature}. 
  b  The  quarter-round  molding  (ovolo)  of  the  Roman  Doric 
  style.  See  Illust.  of  {Column} 
  c  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. 




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