sea star


Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Reef Check data also show that long stretches of kelp forests, especially in Northern California, have disappeared in the last few years due to warming waters and the die-off of sea stars from sea star wasting disease, Freiwald said. Caroline Nickerson, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2019 This phenomenon is called sea star wasting syndrome. Andrew Robinson, Scientific American, 21 July 2022 Then came the breakout of sea star wasting disease, which devastated the sunflower sea star, a primary predator of purple urchins. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 To help them along, some researchers have suggested seeding kelp spores in areas where forests once thrived; others are trying to learn more about the sea star wasting disease that continues to decimate the purple urchins’ predator. Sierra Garcia, Wired, 18 Sep. 2021 Global warming and coastal development threaten the sunflower sea star, which lives in tidal and sub-tidal areas along the West Coast. Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 Around the same time that sea star numbers began to plummet, West Coast purple urchin populations experienced two excellent breeding years. Sierra Garcia, Wired, 18 Sep. 2021 One sea star was nicknamed after Vincent Van Gogh because its pattern was similar to the artist’s paintings, while another was named after Prince because of its purple arms. Lucy Sherriff, Anchorage Daily News, 6 July 2021 The sea star is known as a Chondraster and is characterized by its five arms covered with tiny suckers. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 31 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1569, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea star was in 1569

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“Sea star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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