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any marine invertebrate of the class Crinoidea (phylum Echinodermata) usually possessing a somewhat cup-shaped body and five or more feathery arms. The arms are edged with feathery projections (pinnules) that contain the reproductive organs and carry numerous tube feet with sensory functions. The tentacles also have open grooves, along which cilia (minute, hairlike projections) sweep food particles toward the mouth

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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