Definition of Ophiuroidea in English:

Ophiuroidea

plural noun

Zoology
  • A class of echinoderms that comprises the brittle stars.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

Ophiuroidea

/ˌōfē-//ˌäfēyo͝oroidēə/