a free-swimming, stalkless crinoid; feather star.

Origin of comatulid

1880–85; < New Latin Comatulidae, equivalent to Comatul(a) genus name (see comate2, -ule) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for comatulid



noun plural -lids or -lae (-liː)

any of a group of crinoid echinoderms, including the feather stars, in which the adults are free-swimming

Word Origin for comatulid

C19: from New Latin Comatulidae, from Comatula type genus, from Latin comātus hairy
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