EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural ( especially collectively) star·fish, ( especially referring to two or more kinds or species) star·fish·es. any echinoderm of the class Asteroidea, having the body radially arranged, usually in the form of a star, with five or more rays or arms radiating from a central disk; asteroid. Origin of starfish
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They were green and blue and red, and they had spiny rays like
starfish on which they danced.
"And hear the
starfish calling to his mate," I extemporised.
Within this body, as in the
starfish, a new body is gradually formed.
This stage reached, the end of the first chapter in the life of the
starfish is closed.
Starfish Cove as the boys call it, is on the property. British Dictionary definitions for starfish noun plural -fish or -fishes any echinoderm of the class Asteroidea, such as Asterias rubens, typically having a flattened body covered with a flexible test and five arms radiating from a central disc
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Any of various marine echinoderms of the class Asteroidea, having a star-shaped body usually with five arms. The arms have rows of little suckers on the undersides, called tube feet, with which the animal moves around and grasps prey. Many species extrude their stomach onto prey and digest it externally. Starfish can grow new arms if any are lost, and in one species, a whole individual can be regenerated from a single piece of arm. Starfish are related to sea urchins and sea cucumbers.
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