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A flexible crinoid of the extinct Palaeozoic family Taxocrinidae.
Of or relating to taxocrinids.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Geological Magazine. From scientific Latin Taxocrinus, genus name (attributed to J. Phillips in J. Morris Catal. Brit. Fossils 59; from ancient Greek τάξος yew + κρίνον lily: see crinum) + -id, after Taxocrinidae, family name.
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