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[of-ee-yoo r-oid, oh-fee-]
  1. any echinoderm of the subclass Ophiuroidea, including brittle stars, basket stars, and others, characterized by elongate arms radiating from the disk.
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  1. of or relating to the subclass Ophiuroidea.
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Origin of ophiuroid

1885–90; < New Latin Ophiuroidea the class, equivalent to Ophiur(a) the type genus (< Greek ophíoura, feminine of ophíouros serpent-tailed (ophí(s) snake + -ouros adj. derivative of ourá tail)) + -oidea -oidea
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Historical Examples of ophiuroid

  • The presence of lateral arms is however a distinctive characteristic of the Ophiuroid Pluteus.

    The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)

    Francis Maitland Balfour

  • The formation of the permanent Ophiuroid takes place in much the same way as in the Asteroidea.