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comatulid

[kuh-mach-uh-lid] /kəˈmætʃ ə lɪd/
noun
1.
a free-swimming, stalkless crinoid; feather star.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Neo-Latin Comatulidae, equivalent to Comatul(a) genus name (see comate2, -ule) + -idae -id2
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  • comatulid crinoids were occasionally observed on the sheer rock walls.
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comatulid

/kəˈmætjʊlɪd/
noun (pl) -lids, -lae (-liː)
1.
any of a group of crinoid echinoderms, including the feather stars, in which the adults are free-swimming
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Comatulidae, from Comatula type genus, from Latin comātus hairy
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