[ of-ee-yoor-oid, oh-fee- ]
/ ˌɒf iˈyʊər ɔɪd, ˌoʊ fi- /
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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.
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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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How to use ophiuroid in a sentence
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.