tube foot


: one of the small flexible tubular processes of most echinoderms that are extensions of the water-vascular system and are used especially in locomotion and grasping

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some use tiny tube feet to crawl, while others, like Synapta, move in undulating, wavelike motions. Shaena Montanari, National Geographic, 21 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tube foot was in 1888

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“Tube foot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

tube foot

: one of the tiny tubes of most echinoderms (as a starfish or sea urchin) that are part of the water-vascular system and are used especially in movement and grasping

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