Definition of brittlestar in English:



  • A marine animal related to starfishes, with long, thin, flexible arms radiating from a small central disk.

    • ‘But the flowers are not flowers at all, they are crinoids, animals whose closest relatives include the starfish, brittlestars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers - the echinoderms.’
    • ‘Lightbulb sea squirts, common brittlestars, featherstars of various colours, and northern prawns survey diving passers-by from their rock crevices and ledges.’
    • ‘Common food items are small crustaceans, worms, brittlestars, sea urchins, and snails.’
    • ‘Plankton is the bottom rung of the marine ecosystem's long ladder of life, and where there is plenty, marine organisms from brittlestars to whale sharks thrive.’
    • ‘The main life on the hull plates consists of tunicates and brittlestars.’