Definition of Larvacea in English:

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Pronunciation: /lärˈvāSHēə/
A class of minute transparent planktonic animals related to the sea squirts. They have a body that is typically enclosed in a gelatinous “house” that is regularly shed and replaced.
Example sentences
  • Within the urochordates, both genes placed Oikopleura (class Larvacea) as the sister group to all other urochordates.



adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Ascidians and thaliaceans (which, along with the larvaceans, comprise the subphylum Urochordata) display a biphasic life-history with morphologically dissimilar larval and adult body plans.
  • This supposition is largely based on data which suggests that, within the urochordates, the directly developing larvaceans are most primitive and the other two chordate subphyla are exclusively directly developing.
  • Other more sophisticated jelly creatures include some mollusks and snails, and tunicates - sea squirts, salps and larvaceans.


Modern Latin (plural), from larva.

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Syllabification: Lar·va·ce·a

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