brittle star


brittle star
any of various echinoderms, of the class Ophiuroidea, that resemble starfish and have long, slender arms that regenerate when snapped off

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  • Brittle star — Temporal range: 488.2–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • Brittle star — Brit tle star (br[i^]t t l st[aum]r ), (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of ophiuran starfishes. See {Ophiuroidea}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brittle star — n. any of a subclass (Ophiuroidea) of echinoderms having a central disk and five long, narrow, easily breakable arms that can quickly regenerate …   English World dictionary

  • brittle star — 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. [1835 45] * * * ▪ class of echinoderms also called  serpent… …   Universalium

  • brittle star — noun an animal resembling a starfish with fragile whiplike arms radiating from a small central disc • Syn: ↑brittle star, ↑serpent star • Hypernyms: ↑echinoderm • Member Holonyms: ↑Ophiurida, ↑subclass Ophiurida * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • brittle-star — noun an animal resembling a starfish with fragile whiplike arms radiating from a small central disc • Syn: ↑brittle star, ↑serpent star • Hypernyms: ↑echinoderm • Member Holonyms: ↑Ophiurida, ↑subclass Ophiurida …   Useful english dictionary

  • brittle star — brit′tle star or brit′tle•star n. ivt any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, having the body composed of a central rounded disk from which radiate long, slender, fragile arms • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • brittle star — noun Date: 1843 any of a class or subclass (Ophiuroidea) of echinoderms that have slender flexible arms distinct from the central disk …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brittle-star — /ˈbrɪtl sta/ (say britl stah) noun a starfish of the class Ophiuroidea, having slender arms sharply marked off from the central disc …   Australian English dictionary

  • brittle — adj. & n. adj. hard and fragile; apt to break. n. a brittle sweet made from nuts and set melted sugar. Phrases and idioms: brittle bone disease = OSTEOPOROSIS. brittle star an echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, with long brittle arms radiating… …   Useful english dictionary