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Echinodermata

Pronunciation: e-ki'no-der'ma-ta

Definition: A phylum of Metazoa that includes starfish, sea urchins, sea lilies, and other classes. All but the sea cucumbers (Holothuroidea) are basically radially symmetrical and most possess a calcareous endoskeleton with external spines. They inhabit the sea bottom, some near shore, others in deep water.

[echino- + G. derma, skin]

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