crown of thorns

Definition of CROWN OF THORNS

:  a starfish (Acanthaster planci) of the Pacific region that is covered with long spines and feeds on coral polyps sometimes causing destruction of coral reefs —called also crown-of-thorns starfish

First Known Use of CROWN OF THORNS



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