brittle-star


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brittle-star

n
(Animals) any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, occurring on the sea bottom and having five long slender arms radiating from a small central disc. See also basket-star
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Noun1.brittle-star - an animal resembling a starfish with fragile whiplike arms radiating from a small central discbrittle-star - an animal resembling a starfish with fragile whiplike arms radiating from a small central disc
echinoderm - marine invertebrates with tube feet and five-part radially symmetrical bodies
Ophiurida, subclass Ophiurida - brittle stars
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Reproductive cycle and spawning induction in the gregarious brittle-star Ophiothrix fragilis (Echinodermata) in the Oosterschelde (Netherlands).
Embryonic development of the brittle-star Amphipholis kochii in laboratory culture.
Biological activity of saponins and saponin-like compounds from starfish and brittle-stars.