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serpent star

noun
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
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any of the 2,000 living species of marine invertebrates comprising the class Ophiuroidea (phylum Echinodermata). Their long, thin arms-usually five and often forked and spiny-are distinctly set off from the small disk-shaped body. The arms readily break off but soon regrow-i.e., are regenerated

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