Definition of Crinoidea
: a large class of chiefly tropical or fossil echinoderms that have a more or less cup-shaped body provided with five or more feathery arms commonly bifurcated or many-branched and bearing pinnules, a mouth lying between the arms on the concave upper surface, and opposite the mouth usually a long jointed stalk fixed to the base of the body and having its opposite end divided into rhizoid processes that anchor the animal to the sea bottom — compare comatulid sea lily
crinoidean\krə̇ˈnȯidēən, (ˈ)krī¦-\ adjective or noun
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Origin and Etymology of crinoidea
New Latin, from Greek krinon lily + New Latin -oidea
First Known Use: 1821See Words from the same year
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