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feather star

  1. a free-swimming crinoid.
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Origin of feather star

First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for feather star

Historical Examples of feather star

  • The Feather-star, so called in allusion to its tress-like arms.

    The Ancient Life History of the Earth

    Henry Alleyne Nicholson

  • Now look at this one; the Feather-star, with arms almost like fern-fronds.

    Madam How and Lady Why

    Charles Kingsley

  • Feather-star, one of the stalkless echinoderms belonging to the Crinoidea.

British Dictionary definitions for feather star

feather star

  1. any free-swimming crinoid echinoderm of the genus Antedon and related genera, living on muddy sea bottoms and having ten feathery arms radiating from a small central disc
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