plural pedicellariae
: any of various peculiar minute organs resembling forceps that are borne in large numbers on the external integument of sea urchins and starfish and also often on the spines of the latter and that have as their probable function keeping the body clear of small parasites and other foreign objects compare forcipulate

Word History


New Latin, from pedicellus pedicel + -aria

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“Pedicellaria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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