Rhabdopleura

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rhabdopleura (Zoöl) A genus of marine Bryozoa in which the tubular cells have a centralchitinous axis and the tentacles are borne on a bilobed lophophore. It is the type of the order Pterobranchia, or Podostomata
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rhabdopleura The typical genus of Rhabdopleuridæ, having the tentacles confined to a pair of outgrowths of the lophophore containing each a cartilaginoid skeleton. R. normani is a marine form found in deep water of the North Atlantic, off the coasts of Shetland and Normandy. It is a small branching organism, apparently a molluscoid of polyzoan affinities, living in a system of delicate membranous tubes, each of which contains its polypide, free to crawl up and down the tube by means of a contractile stalk or cord called the gymnocaulus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rhabdopleura rab-dō-plōō′ra a marine polyzoan.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. "ra`bdos a rod + the side
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. rhabdos, a rod, pleuron, a rib.