Definition of cyclostome in English:

cyclostome

Line breaks: cyclo|stome
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪklə(ʊ)stəʊm
 
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noun

Zoology
  • An eel-like jawless vertebrate with a round sucking mouth, of a former group that included the lampreys and hagfishes.
    • Subclass Cyclostomata, now incorporated in the superclass Agnatha
    More example sentences
    • Data concerning key evolutionary invertebrate and vertebrate groups, the protochordates, chondrichthyes and cyclostomes, are essential to establish evolutionary patterns of the peptides.
    • The skeleton of cyclostomes furnishes far fewer taxonomic characters than that of the more complex cheilostomes.
    • This extant species has erect jointed colonies, an articulated growth-form which seemingly evolved convergently with that of crisiid cyclostomes.

Origin

mid 19th century: from cyclo- + Greek stoma 'mouth'.

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