vibracula

vibraculum

[vahy-brak-yuh-luhm]
noun, plural vibracula [vahy-brak-yuh-luh] .
any of the modified polyps on the surface of certain bryozoan colonies, having a long, whiplike appendage that clears away debris.

Origin:
1850–55; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin vibrā(re) to shake + -culum -cule2

vibracular, adjective
vibraculoid, adjective
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vibraculum (vaɪˈbrækjʊləm)
 
n , pl -la
zoology any of the specialized bristle-like polyps in certain bryozoans, the actions of which prevent parasites from settling on the colony
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin vibrāre to brandish]
 
vi'bracular
 
adj
 
vi'braculoid
 
adj

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