from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various echinoderms of the class Crinoidea, including the sea lilies and feather stars, that are characterized by a cup-shaped body, feathery radiating arms, and either a stalk or clawlike structure with which they are able to attach to a surface.
- adj. Of or belonging to the Crinoidea.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of the numerous animals that make up the Crinoidea class; the feather star or "sea lily".
- adj. Relating to or sharing the qualities and features of the Crinoidea class.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Crinoidal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Crinoidea; containing or consisting of crinoids; encrinital.
- n. One of the Crinoidea; an encrinite; a stone-lily, sea-lily, lily-star, feather-star, or hair-star.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or belonging to the class Crinoidea
- n. primitive echinoderms having five or more feathery arms radiating from a central disk
The crinoid is a marine creature whose anus is located next to its mouth.
It's in realtime, meaning the little critter is walking along at a fairly brisk pace (for a crinoid, that is).
For a detailed commentary that I did at the time in response to Hoagland's article on the alleged "crinoid," see this posting on the Yahoo Cydonia list:
It is highly unlikely that it would BE a fossil "crinoid" for the simple a priori reason that Martian flora and fuana assuming they existed would necessarily have followed a completely separate course of evolution from earth species.
A search for "crinoid" on that list will bring up other follow-ups.
Ergo, on the face of it, fossil or no fossil, definitely NOT a "crinoid," agreed.
"It is highly unlikely that it would BE a fossil "crinoid" for the simple a priori reason that Martian flora and fuana assuming they existed would necessarily have followed a completely separate course of evolution from earth species.
Yes | No | Report from crinoid wrote 6 days 21 hours ago
Yes | No | Report from crinoid wrote 6 days 13 hours ago
Once something with ghostly gray fluorescent wings passed between him and the moon, a delicate crinoid shape that might have been a reptile, or bird, or something unimaginable.