Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?


[suh-lee-nuh-gas-ter, -len-uh-] /səˈli nəˌgæs tər, -ˈlɛn ə-/
noun, Zoology
any of a group of wormlike mollusks, class Solenogastres (formerly Aplacophora), inhabiting deep ocean layers and having fine limy spicules on the covering mantle.
Also called aplacophoran.
< New Latin, equivalent to soleno- (combining form of Greek sōlḗn pipe, channel; see -o-) + -gaster < Greek gastḗr paunch, belly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for solenogaster

any small, wormlike, marine mollusk of the class Aplacophora. Unlike most mollusks, solenogasters have no shell. They are covered instead by a spiny cuticle. Most are 2.5 cm (1 inch) or less in length. The largest is 30 cm long. The animals occur at ocean depths of 30 to 1,800 m (100 to 5,900 feet). About 150 species are known.

Learn more about solenogaster with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for solenogaster

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for solenogaster

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for solenogaster