brittle star

or brit·tle·star


any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, having the body composed of a central, rounded disk from which radiate long, slender, fragile arms.

Nearby words

  1. brittle,
  2. brittle bone disease,
  3. brittle bones,
  4. brittle diabetes,
  5. brittle fern,
  6. brittle-star,
  7. brittlebush,
  8. brittleness,
  9. brittlestar,
  10. britton

Origin of brittle star

First recorded in 1835–45

Also called serpent star. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019