noun As·tro·pec·ten \ˌastrōˈpektə̇n\

Definition of Astropecten

  1. :  a large genus of chiefly tropical starfishes of shallow water that are markedly stellate in form with the disk and arms flat, the largest species being a foot or more across

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Origin and Etymology of astropecten

New Latin, from astr- + Latin pecten comb — more at pectinate

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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