- one of numerous small, tubular processes on the ventral body surface of most echinoderms, used for locomotion and grasping.
Origin of tube foot
First recorded in 1885–90
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- any of numerous tubular outgrowths of the body wall of most echinoderms that are used as organs of locomotion and respiration and to aid ingestion of food
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- One of the numerous external, fluid-filled muscular tubes of echinoderms, such as the starfish or sea urchin, used for locomotion, respiration, and grasping food or prey.
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