any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, especially of the genus Gorgonocephalus, having long, slender, branching arms.
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Also called basket fish.
Origin of basket star
First recorded in 1920–25
Words nearby basket star
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Example sentences from the Web for basket-star
Very curious, too, is the basket-star, which at first sight does not look like a starfish at all.
The basket-star catches its prey by means of these wonderful rays, which it wraps all round it in the form of a circular basket.
British Dictionary definitions for basket-star
any of several echinoderms of the genus Gorgonocephalus, in which long slender arms radiate from a central disc: order Ophiuroidea (brittle-stars)
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