from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous crinoids of the order Comatulida, having a free-swimming, stalkless adult stage with branched feathery arms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A common name of the sea-lilies or crinoids of the family Comatulidæ (which see), such as the Comatula (or Antedon) rosacea: so called from the feathery appearance and radiate structure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun free-swimming stalkless crinoid with ten feathery arms; found on muddy sea bottoms


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