brittle star

or brit·tle·star

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noun

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for brittle-star

brittle-star

noun

any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, occurring on the sea bottom and having five long slender arms radiating from a small central discSee also basket-star
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