appendicularia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n appendicularia free-swimming tadpole-shaped pelagic tunicate resembling larvae of other tunicates
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Appendicularia (Zoöl) A genus of small free-swimming Tunicata, shaped somewhat like a tadpole, and remarkable for resemblances to the larvæ of other Tunicata. It is the type of the order Copelata or Larvalia. See Illustration in Appendix.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n appendicularia The typicalgenus of the family Appendiculariidæ. A. flabellum is about one fifth of an inch long, exclusive of the tail, with an oval or flask-shaped body, and has the power of rapidly secreting a mucilaginous cuticular investment in which it becomes incased.
    • n appendicularia [lowercase; pl. appendiculariæ (-ē).] A member of the above genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Appendicularia a genus of Ascidians whose members retain the larval vertebrate characters which are lost in the more or less degenerate sea-squirts
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ad, to, pendĕre, to hang.