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An extinct crinoid of the Palaeozoic family Platycrinidae (or Platycrinitidae), typically having broad, flattened radial and basal plates.
Of or relating to the family Platycrinidae (or Platycrinitidae).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Platycrinidae, family name from Platycrinus, genus name + -idae.
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