Definition of ophiuroid in English:

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ophiuroid

Pronunciation: /ˌäfēˈyo͝oroid/ /ˌōfē-/
Zoology

noun

An echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, which comprises the brittlestars.
Example sentences
  • Hans perhaps is best known for his work on crinoids and ophiuroids, but he has many titles on asteroids, echinoids, and holothurians as well.
  • Unlike the situation with gastropods, sublethal damage is relatively easy to interpret in ophiuroids and crinoids.
  • Some, like many starfish, are predators; holothurians, sand dollars, and ophiuroids often feed on detritus; crinoids are filter-feeders; sea urchins scrape algae from rocks.

adjective

Relating to or denoting ophiuroids.
Example sentences
  • Alternative phylogenetic trees were compared excluding the ophiuroid data set.
  • A few ophiuroid species can even tolerate brackish water, an ability otherwise almost unknown among echinoderms.
  • However, the placement of the ophiuroid branch with respect to the other echinoderms is still unresolved.

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Syllabification: oph·i·ur·oid

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