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serpulid

Line breaks: ser¦pu|lid
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːpjʊlɪd
 
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Definition of serpulid in English:

noun

Zoology
A small marine fan worm which lives in a twisted shell-like tube, typically in colonies, with retractable tentacles for filter-feeding.
  • Family Serpulidae, class Polychaeta
Example sentences
  • In addition, from a uniformitarian viewpoint, it seems more likely that the Figuroa tubes are those of vestimentiferans rather than serpulids.
  • The organism may have extended a filtering organ out of the single opening as a modern serpulid does from its tube.
  • In addition, the tubes of serpulids have distinct lamellae in cross-section.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Serpulidae (plural), from late Latin serpula 'small serpent', from Latin serpere 'to creep'.

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