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crown-of-thorns starfish

[ kroun-uhv-thawrnz ]
/ ˈkraʊn əvˈθɔrnz /
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noun
a starfish, Acanthaster planci, that feeds on living coral polyps, causing erosion and destruction of coral reefs.
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Also called crown of thorns.

Origin of crown-of-thorns starfish

First recorded in 1960–65

Words nearby crown-of-thorns starfish

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