1(Of an animal) having a protective covering of plates or scales.
- The idea that loriciferans are no more than ‘neotenous’ or progenetic priapulids is based on misunderstandings of the supposed resemblances between adult loriciferans and the loricate larvae of priapulids.
- Similarities also exist with certain aschelminths, in particular the loricate priapulid larvae.
- Stiff cuticles are simple to recognize, and loricate genera can often be recognized based upon lorica shape alone.
1.1Having a lorica.
Early 19th century: from Latin loricatus, from lorica 'breastplate', from lorum 'strap'.
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