Mar"si*po*bran"chi*a\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a pouch + ? a gill.] (Zo["o]l.) A class of Vertebrata, lower than fishes, characterized by their purselike gill cavities, cartilaginous skeletons, absence of limbs, and a suckerlike mouth destitute of jaws. It includes the lampreys and hagfishes. See Cyclostoma, and Lamprey. Called also Marsipobranchiata, and Marsipobranchii.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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