crown-of-thorns starfish
see crown of thorns

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  • Crown-of-thorns starfish — On a reef in Fiji, 2005. Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • crown-of-thorns starfish — /krown euhv thawrnz / a starfish, Acanthaster planci, that feeds on living coral polyps, causing erosion and destruction of coral reefs. Also called crown of thorns. [1960 65] * * * Reddish and heavy spined starfish (Acanthaster planci) that has… …   Universalium

  • crown-of-thorns starfish — see crown of thorns II * * * /krown euhv thawrnz / a starfish, Acanthaster planci, that feeds on living coral polyps, causing erosion and destruction of coral reefs. Also called crown of thorns. [1960 65] * * * crown of thorns starfish «KROWN uhv …   Useful english dictionary

  • crown-of-thorns starfish — /ˌkraʊn əv θɔnz ˈstafɪʃ / (say .krown uhv thawnz stahfish) noun a starfish, Acanthaster planci, having sharp, stinging spines on the top surface of the body and arms; widely distributed in tropical waters and particularly abundant on the Great… …   Australian English dictionary

  • crown of thorns — n. 1. a coral eating starfish (Acanthaster planci) of the tropical Pacific region, having arms covered with long spines: also crown of thorns starfish or crown of thorns 2. a shrub (Euphorbia milii) of the spurge family, having long spines and… …   English World dictionary

  • crown of thorns — noun 1. somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts • Syn: ↑Christ thorn, ↑Christ plant, ↑Euphorbia milii • Hypernyms: ↑spurge • Member Holonyms: ↑Euphorbia …   Useful english dictionary

  • Crown of Thorns (disambiguation) — Contents 1 Religion 2 Biology and Botany 3 Music 4 Other …   Wikipedia

  • crown of thorns — 1. a climbing spurge, Euphorbia milii splendens, of Madagascar, having stems covered with spines. 2. See crown of thorns starfish. 3. a painful burden, as of suffering, guilt, anxiety, etc.: from the wreath of thorns placed on Jesus head to mock… …   Universalium

  • crown of thorns — Date: 1964 a starfish (Acanthaster planci) of the Pacific region that is covered with long spines and feeds on coral polyps sometimes causing destruction of coral reefs called also crown of thorns starfish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crown of thorns — crown′ of thorns′ n. 1) pln a climbing spurge, Euphorbia milii splendens, of Madagascar, having spiny stems and flowers with petallike red bracts 2) ivt Also, crown′ of thorns′. a starfish, Acanthaster planci that feeds on living coral polyps,… …   From formal English to slang

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