Forcipulata

plural noun For·cip·u·la·ta \fȯ(r)ˌsipyəˈlätə, -ˈlātə\

Definition of Forcipulata

  1. :  the most highly specialized order of starfishes, distinguished by possession of stalked forficulate pedicellariae with three ossicles

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Origin and Etymology of forcipulata

New Latin, from forcipula (diminutive of Latin forcip-, forceps) + -ata


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