pedicellaria

[ ped-uh-suh-lair-ee-uh ]
/ ˌpɛd ə səˈlɛər i ə /
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noun, plural ped·i·cel·lar·i·ae [ped-uh-suh-lair-ee-ee] /ˌpɛd ə səˈlɛər iˌi/. Zoology.

one of the minute pincerlike structures common to starfish and sea urchins, used for cleaning and to capture tiny prey.

Nearby words

  1. pediatric,
  2. pediatrician,
  3. pediatrics,
  4. pedicab,
  5. pedicel,
  6. pedicellate,
  7. pedicellation,
  8. pedicle,
  9. pedicle flap,
  10. pedicular

Origin of pedicellaria

From New Latin, dating back to 1870–75; see origin at pedicel, -aria

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Examples from the Web for pedicellariae

  • In this case the identity in nature between the arms of the pedicellariae and the movable branches of a spine, is unmistakable.