sea lily


: crinoid
especially : a stalked crinoid

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Two cling gobies spend their entire lives among the tentacles of a sea lily, a close relative of sea stars that extends its tentacles to capture plankton in the water. Enric Sala, Discover Magazine, 22 Sep. 2015 The work is a meditative visual poem about the passage of time set against a stone wall carved with sea lily fossils. Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea lily was in 1851

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“Sea lily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

sea lily

: crinoid
especially : a crinoid that has a stalk

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