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

  • n. Any of various marine invertebrates of the class Crinoidea, such as the sea lilies and feather stars, that are attached to a surface by a stalk when young but may be free-swimming as adults.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any crinoid of the genus Antedon or allied genera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any crinoid of the genus Antedon or allied genera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the family Comatulidæ.

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

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


From New Latin Comātulidae, former family name, from Late Latin comātulus, having neatly curled hair, from Latin comātus, having long hair; see comate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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