Definition of Ophiuroidea in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɒfɪ(j)ʊəˈrɔɪdɪə/

plural noun

A class of echinoderms that comprises the brittlestars.
Example sentences
  • Of all echinoderms, the Ophiuroidea may have the strongest tendency toward 5-segment radial symmetry.
  • Brittle stars of the Ophiuroidea are predators, deposit feeders, scavengers, and suspension feeders, which feed by outstretching their arms to capture prey.
  • Members of the Asteroidea are often called ‘true starfish’ and are closely related to the Ophiuroidea, having a common ancestor in the Ordovican.


Modern Latin (plural), based on the genus name Ophiura, from Greek ophis 'snake' + oura 'tail'.

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