brittle star

noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web O'Hara hopes that the discovery of this ancient lineage of brittle star will excite the public and academic community enough to justify funding for further taxonomic deep sea research. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2021 Scientists from the French Natural History Museum collected an ancient specimen of brittle star (Ophiojura) in 2011. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2021 By chance, researchers happened upon this ancient genus of brittle star—a distant relative of the starfish—during a 2011 trawling expedition on the Banc Durand seamount off the coast of New Caledonia in the Pacific. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2021 The carcasses of any creatures that can’t flee – worms, burrowing crabs, brittle stars – lie motionless in the mud. Sarah Kaplan, Twin Cities, 11 June 2019 The carcasses of any creatures that can’t flee – worms, burrowing crabs, brittle stars – lie motionless in the mud. Sarah Kaplan, Twin Cities, 11 June 2019 The carcasses of any creatures that can’t flee – worms, burrowing crabs, brittle stars – lie motionless in the mud. Sarah Kaplan, Twin Cities, 11 June 2019 The carcasses of any creatures that can’t flee – worms, burrowing crabs, brittle stars – lie motionless in the mud. Sarah Kaplan, Twin Cities, 11 June 2019 The carcasses of any creatures that can’t flee – worms, burrowing crabs, brittle stars – lie motionless in the mud. Sarah Kaplan, Twin Cities, 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of brittle star

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brittle star was in 1841

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“Brittle star.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brittle%20star. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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