[ ped-uh-suh-lair-ee-uh ]
/ ˌpɛd ə səˈlɛər i ə /

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.

Origin of pedicellaria

From New Latin, dating back to 1870–75; see origin at pedicel, -aria Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.