gastrotrich

gastrotrich

[gas-truh-trik]
noun
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:
1935–40; < Neo-Latin Gastrotricha, equivalent to gastro- gastro- + Greek -tricha neuter plural of -trichos -haired, adj. derivative of thríx hair

gastrotrichan [gas-tro-tri-kuhn] , adjective
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gastrotrich (ˈɡæstrətrɪk)
 
n
any minute aquatic multicellular animal of the phylum Gastrotricha, having a wormlike body covered with cilia and bristles
 
[from New Latin gastrotricha, from gastro- + Greek -trichos -haired: see tricho-]

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gastrotrich

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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