sea squirt


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sea squirt ascidian that can contract its body and eject streams of water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a sea squirt (found in the seas near Japan) that digests its own brain. When the sea squirt is mature it permanently attaches itself to a rock. At this point it does not need to move anymore and has no need for a brain.
    • Sea squirt (Zoöl) An ascidian. See Illust. under Tunicata.
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In literature:

Sea-worms, sea-squirts: and then the first vertebrates, the lamprey-eels.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
At the foot of one pile there was some excitement, for a baby sea-squirt was setting out to see the world.
"The Sun's Babies" by Edith Howes

In news:

Scientists Identify Sea Squirt as Model for Alzheimer Disease Research and Drug Testing.
Similar to other sea squirts , Styela consumes plankton by filtering seawater through a bronchial sac inside its body cavity.
In contrast, sea squirts are possibly the closest invertebrate relatives to humans, Drs.
Type of sea squirt smothers rocks, sea shells and even ship hulls.