Definition of tunicate in English:

tunicate

Line breaks: tu¦ni|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈtjuːnɪkət
 
, -keɪt/

noun

Zoology
  • A marine invertebrate of a group which includes the sea squirts and salps. They have a rubbery or hard outer coat and two siphons to draw water into and out of the body.
    • Subphylum Urochordata: three classes
    More example sentences
    • The hull here is rich in marine life - hydroids, tunicates, anemones and sponges.
    • Sea squirts are tunicates, a type of sea life with a primitive spinal cord and a firm, flexible outer covering called a ‘tunic,’ from which the name derives.
    • Many tunicates have a larva that is free-swimming and exhibits all chordate characteristics: it has a notochord, a dorsal nerve cord, pharyngeal slits, and a post-anal tail.

adjective

(also tunicated) Botany Back to top  
  • (Of a plant bulb, e.g. an onion) having concentric layers.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Latin tunicatus, past participle of tunicare 'clothe with a tunic', from tunica (see tunica).

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