Definition of encrinus
1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Encrinidae) of extinct stalked crinoids whose remains are abundant in some Triassic formations (as in beds of limestone formed chiefly of fragments of their stalks)
2 plural encrini \-ˌnī\ : a crinoid of the genus Encrinus
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Origin and Etymology of encrinus
New Latin, from 2en- + -crinus (from Greek krinon lily)
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