Comatula

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Comatula former usage synonymous with Antedon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Comatula (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n comatula The 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.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. L. comatulus, having hair neatly curled, dim. fr. coma, hair