/of'ee yoor"oyd, oh'fee-/, n.
1. any echinoderm of the subclass Ophiuroidea, including brittle stars, basket stars, and others, characterized by elongate arms radiating from the disk.
2. of or pertaining to the subclass Ophiuroidea.
[1885-90; < NL Ophiuroidea the class, equiv. to Ophiur(a) the type genus ( < Gk ophíoura, fem. of ophíouros serpent-tailed (ophí(s) snake + -ouros adj. deriv. of ourá tail)) + -oidea -OIDEA]

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  • ophiuroid — ophi·uroid …   English syllables

  • ophiuroid — I. | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ˌrȯid adjective Etymology: New Latin Ophiuroidea : of or relating to the Ophiuroidea II. noun ( s) : an echinoderm of the subclass Ophiuroidea : brittle star …   Useful english dictionary

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