brittle star

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Definition of brittle star 

: any of a class or subclass (Ophiuroidea) of echinoderms that have slender flexible arms distinct from the central disk

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The expedition also logged a high density of sea sponges, which contained small aquatic animals like brittle stars, worms, and lobsters. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This 'Secret Garden' of Coral May Be 1,000 Years Old," 15 May 2018 Recent research has revealed underwater oases of coral fans, brittle stars and anemones teeming with juvenile fish. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fishery council safeguards 16,000 square miles off California," 10 Apr. 2018 The researchers also found a Venus flytrap anemone, beautiful brittle stars, and deep sea fish and corals. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Take a Peek at the Mesmerizing “Cosmic Jellyfish”," 1 Mar. 2017

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1841, in the meaning defined above

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