crinoid

noun

cri·​noid ˈkrī-ˌnȯid How to pronounce crinoid (audio)
: any of a large class (Crinoidea) of echinoderms usually having a somewhat cup-shaped body with five or more feathery arms compare feather star, sea lily
crinoid adjective

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists initially estimated that crinoids floated for a few years. Raleigh Mcelvery, Smithsonian, 12 Aug. 2019 Along the way, keep an eye out for crinoid and other marine fossils. Steve Larese, National Geographic, 27 June 2019 The warm coastal waters surrounding Gondwana were perfect for new kinds of animals, like brachiopods, crinoids, ostracodes, cephalopods, corals, and bryozoans. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, 21 Nov. 2017 Then check out this intriguing video from National Geographic of a feather star, a variety of crinoid that lives in the ocean. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 July 2017 The traces of ancient invertebrates with astonishing names (crinoids, fusulinids, and so on) were just one of many signs that the landscape my coastal relatives used to mock for its monotony in fact harbored wonders. Ben Lerner, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

ultimately from Greek krinon lily

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crinoid was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Crinoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crinoid. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

crinoid

noun
cri·​noid ˈkrī-ˌnȯid How to pronounce crinoid (audio)
: any of a large class of invertebrates that are echinoderms and usually have a cup-shaped body with five or more feathery arms
crinoid adjective

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