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[luh-rahy-kuh, law-, loh-] /ləˈraɪ kə, lɔ-, loʊ-/
noun, plural loricae
[luh-rahy-see, -kee, law-, loh-] /ləˈraɪ si, -ki, lɔ-, loʊ-/ (Show IPA)
Zoology. a hard protective case or sheath, as the protective coverings secreted by certain protists.
a cuirass or corselet, originally of leather.
1700-10; (def 1) < New Latin, special use of Latin lōrīca corselet (orig. of leather), akin to lōrum thong; (def 2) < Latin Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lorica


noun (pl) -cae (-siː; -kiː)
the hard outer covering of rotifers, ciliate protozoans, and similar organisms
an ancient Roman cuirass of leather or metal
Derived Forms
loricate (ˈlɒrɪˌkeɪt), loricated, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Latin: leather cuirass; related to lōrum thong
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Encyclopedia Article for lorica

a tubular, conical, or vaselike structure secreted by some protozoans (e.g., Stentor) and many rotifers. Many species incorporate sand grains and other particles into the lorica for reinforcement. The loose-fitting case, closed at one end, has a large opening at the anterior end through which part of the organism (or its appendages) may be extended. The lorica is of taxonomic importance among protozoologists. See also test

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