Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various marine echinoderms of the class Asteroidea, characteristically having a thick, often spiny body with five arms extending from a central disk. Also called asteroid, sea star.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various asteroids or other echinoderms (not in fact fish) with usually five arms, many of which eat bivalves or corals by everting their stomach.
  • n. an anus. See also chocolate starfish.
  • n. Any many-armed or tentacled sea invertebrate, whether cnidarian, echinoderm, or cephalopod.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of echinoderms belonging to the class Asterioidea, in which the body is star-shaped and usually has five rays, though the number of rays varies from five to forty or more. The rays are often long, but are sometimes so short as to appear only as angles to the disklike body. Called also sea star, five-finger, and stellerid.
  • n. The dollar fish, or butterfish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An echinoderm with five or more arms radiating from a central disk: applied to all the members of the Asteroidea and Ophiuroidea (see these words).
  • n. The butter-fish or dollar-fish.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a five-pointed star, the rays surrounded by short waving flames or the like, and having a small circle in the center.

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

  • n. echinoderms characterized by five arms extending from a central disk

Etymologies

star + fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Apparently, if your starfish is a little too brown for your liking, you can make it more skin-colored.

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  • Also the starfish is named Frankenlolly and the Clam is named Glenda.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Sketch a Day: 01-07-2008

  • That's possible because the starfish is a completely decentralized organism.

    Why The Tea Party Is Like A Starfish, Not A Spider

  • We were told it was trying to escape because the starfish is a natural predator.

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  • I got a shock out of my life when I saw the starfish was as big as my pillow!!!

    So Charming!!!

  • This saving grace for "George" made the author recall the starfish parable where someone tried to help as many of the hundreds of stranded starfish he could which had washed ashore on the sandy beach.

    140-Year Old Lobster Released Back into the Ocean

  • When stuck together, the five protein parts give Twinkletoes a shape that might best be described as a starfish on stilts.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • For simplified communications, Worsel immediately dubbed the starfish "Asterias" and the globe

    The Dragon Lensman

  • The seeming exception is only a seeming one, for the radial symmetry of the starfish is a secondary development in the adult.

    The Human Brain

  • In addition to these, her accumulation of pet specialities included a seven-fingered starfish, which is supposed by the ignorant to be peculiarly inimical to the adventurous cat that swalloweth it; and a ring-horned pandalus or ` Aesop prawn, 'which queer creature Master Bob appropriately christened ` The Prawnee Chief,' much to the annoyance of

    Bob Strong's Holidays Adrift in the Channel

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    I did find repose in yon lush-plain of your bed;
    Save for hangover I may have been fraught of repentance
    But nae: for my weary, beery bones the sleep of the dead.
    Pillows as no mortal ever imagined! The expanse
    Of inviting mattress delivered dulcet repose, my love-pup;
    I dreamed not of dreams but simply of horizontal trance
    For there was no escape: I was too fooked to stand up.
    A starfish I was, spreadeagled on your linen beach,
    Calm and content, wrapped in blanket of Saturday night,
    Your own alcohol-infused self tantalisingly within reach,
    Yet I touched not; Goldilocks, your bed was just soooo right.
    And love? Love is devil's drink, love is feckless leglessness, booze
    Until dawn's curtain call, consumated in the world's most perfect snooze.

    September 8, 2008

  • As a verb: to spread out on a bed in such a way as to take up as much space as possible.

    September 8, 2008

  • Not around here, unless they take a train.

    March 19, 2008

  • Has anyone else noticed how starfish appear just when you least expect it?

    March 18, 2008