One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A class of echinoderms that comprises the sea cucumbers.
- ‘Ophiuroidea is grouped with Echinoidea and Holothuroidea based on the closed ambicular grooves.’
- ‘The class Holothuroidea is composed of these creatures and many members of the group (but not all) resemble the garden variety of cucumber.’
Modern Latin (plural), based on Greek holothourion (see holothurian).
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