from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A starfish of any kind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Zoöl.) A starfish, or brittle star.

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  • noun Another name for starfish.

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  • noun echinoderms characterized by five arms extending from a central disk


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sea + star


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  • "Sea stars are marine creatures closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars (echinoderms). Its common name starfish is now being replaced by marine scientists to sea star because, well, it is not really a fish."

    - JK Christie, 'The Stunning Sea Star'.

    July 20, 2009

  • I noticed during my trip to Alaska that everyone who spoke about marine life was very careful not to use "starfish" but "sea star." I didn't realize at the time that the former is in the proecess of being replaced.

    July 20, 2009

  • Hmph. I had no idea. I learn a lot from Wordie.

    July 20, 2009

  • I suppose the sweeth tooth fairy could wave her wand and conjure a sea starfish.

    July 20, 2009