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[ of-ee-yoo r-oid, oh-fee- ]
/ ˌɒf iˈyʊər ɔɪd, ˌoʊ fi- /


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.

Nearby words

ophir, ophite, ophites, ophitic, ophiuchus, ophiuroid, ophritis, ophryon, ophryosis, ophthal., ophthalm-

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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.