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gastrotrich

[gas-truh-trik] /ˈgæs trə trɪk/
noun
1.
any of the microscopic, multicellular animals of the class or phylum Gastrotricha, of fresh or salt waters, characterized by bands of cilia on the ventral surface of the bottle-shaped or ribbony body and by a protrusible feeding apparatus at the mouth.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; < Neo-Latin Gastrotricha, equivalent to gastro- gastro- + Greek -tricha neuter plural of -trichos -haired, adj. derivative of thríx hair
Related forms
gastrotrichan
[gas-tro-tri-kuh n] /gæsˈtrɒ trɪ kən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gastrotrich

gastrotrich

/ˈɡæstrətrɪk/
noun
1.
any minute aquatic multicellular animal of the phylum Gastrotricha, having a wormlike body covered with cilia and bristles
Word Origin
from New Latin gastrotricha, from gastro- + Greek -trichos -haired: see tricho-
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Gastrotricha

any of about 1,800 species of the class Gastrotricha, a group of microscopic aquatic invertebrates belonging to the phylum Aschelminthes. They occur in salt water and fresh water and also on sandy seashores.

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