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pedicellaria

[ped-uh-suh-lair-ee-uh] /ˌpɛd ə səˈlɛər i ə/
noun, plural pedicellariae
[ped-uh-suh-lair-ee-ee] /ˌpɛd ə səˈlɛər iˌi/ (Show IPA).
Zoology
1.
one of the minute pincerlike structures common to starfish and sea urchins, used for cleaning and to capture tiny prey.
Origin of pedicellaria
1870-1875
1870-75; < New Latin; see pedicel, -aria
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  • In this case the identity in nature between the arms of the pedicellariae and the movable branches of a spine, is unmistakable.

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin

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