Asterias

Asterias

As*te"ri*as\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? starred, fr. 'asth`r star.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of echinoderms.

Note: Formerly the group of this name included nearly all starfishes and ophiurans. Now it is restricted to a genus including the commonest shore starfishes.
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