[of-ee-yoo r-oid, oh-fee-]
- any echinoderm of the subclass Ophiuroidea, including brittle stars, basket stars, and others, characterized by elongate arms radiating from the disk.
- of or relating to the subclass Ophiuroidea.
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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Examples from the Web for ophiuroid
The presence of lateral arms is however a distinctive characteristic of the Ophiuroid Pluteus.
The formation of the permanent Ophiuroid takes place in much the same way as in the Asteroidea.