brittle-star

brittle star

noun
any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, having the body composed of a central, rounded disk from which radiate long, slender, fragile arms.
Also, brittlestar.
Also called serpent star.


Origin:
1835–45

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brittle-star
 
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See also basket-star any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, occurring on the sea bottom and having five long slender arms radiating from a small central disc

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