nComatula(Zoöl) A crinoid of the genus Antedon and related genera. When young they are fixed by a stem. When adult they become detached and cling to seaweeds, etc., by their dorsal cirri; -- called also feather stars.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
ncomatulaThe typical genus of living crinoids of the family Comatulidæ or feather-stars. The rosy feather-star, Comatula mediterranea, is also known as Antedon rosacea, and in its fixed stalked state as Pentacrinus europæus. Lamarck, 1816.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. L. comatulus, having hair neatly curled, dim. fr. coma, hair