Rotifera

Rotifera

[roh-tif-er-uh]
noun
the phylum or class comprising the rotifers.

Origin:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin rot(a) wheel + -i- -i- + -fera, neuter plural of -fer -fer

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rotifera
"class of microscopic freshwater organisms," 1830, from Mod.L., from L. rota "wheel" (see rotary) + -fer "bearing" (see bear (v.)). The animalcules use rotary organs to swim about.
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