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brittle star

or brittlestar

any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, having the body composed of a central, rounded disk from which radiate long, slender, fragile arms.
Also called serpent star.
Origin of brittle star
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Perhaps the brittle star has found this dodge useful in escaping from enemies.

    On the Seashore

    R. Cadwallader Smith

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