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basket star

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  1. any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, especially of the genus Gorgonocephalus, having long, slender, branching arms.
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Origin of basket star

First recorded in 1920–25
Also called basket fish.
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Examples from the Web for basket-star

Historical Examples

  • Very curious, too, is the basket-star, which at first sight does not look like a starfish at all.

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History

    Theodore Wood

  • 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


  1. 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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