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rotifer

[roh-tuh-fer] /ˈroʊ tə fər/
noun
1.
any microscopic animal of the phylum (or class) Rotifera, found in fresh and salt waters, having one or more rings of cilia on the anterior end.
Also called wheel animalcule.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Neo-Latin; see Rotifera
Related forms
rotiferal
[roh-tif-er-uh l] /roʊˈtɪf ər əl/ (Show IPA),
rotiferous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rotiferous

rotifer

/ˈrəʊtɪfə/
noun
1.
any minute aquatic multicellular invertebrate of the phylum Rotifera, having a ciliated wheel-like organ used in feeding and locomotion: common constituents of freshwater plankton Also called wheel animalcule
Derived Forms
rotiferal (rəʊˈtɪfərəl), rotiferous, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin Rotifera, from Latin rota wheel + ferre to bear
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rotiferous in Science
rotifer
  (rō'tə-fər)   
Any of various tiny, multicellular aquatic animals of the phylum Rotifera, having a wheel-like ring of cilia at their front ends. The cilia trap small organisms for food. Rotifers are grouped by some scientists together with nematodes and some other invertebrates as aschelminths.
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