feather stars

feather stars
Comatula Co*mat"u*la (?; 135), n. [NL., fr. L. comatulus having hair neatly curled, dim. fr. coma hair.] (Zo["o]l.) 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}. [1913 Webster]

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