starfish

noun star·fish \ ˈstär-ˌfish \

Definition of starfish

: any of a class (Asteroidea) of echinoderms that have a body of usually five arms radially arranged about a central disk and feed largely on mollusks (such as oysters) called also sea star

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First Known Use of starfish

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STARFISH Defined for English Language Learners

starfish

noun

Definition of starfish for English Language Learners

  • : a sea animal that has five arms and that looks like a star


STARFISH Defined for Kids

starfish

noun star·fish \ ˈstär-ˌfish \

Definition of starfish for Students

: a sea animal that usually has five arms that spread out from a central disk and feeds mostly on mollusks


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