comatula definition

  • noun:
    • A crinoid of this genus Antedon and related genera. When youthful they are fixed by a stem. Whenever adult they come to be detached and cling to seaweeds, etc., by their dorsal cirri; -- labeled as also feather movie stars.
    • The typical genus of living crinoids of the family Comatulid√¶ or feather-stars.
    • former usage similar to Antedon
    • A crinoid of genus Antedon and related genera. When youthful they truly are fixed by a stem. When adult they come to be detached and cling to seaweeds, etc., by their dorsal cirri; -- called also feather stars.
    • the standard genus of living crinoids associated with the family members Comatulid√¶ or feather-stars.
    • previous use synonymous with Antedon

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