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avicularium

[uh-vik-yuh-lair-ee-uh m] /əˌvɪk yəˈlɛər i əm/
noun, plural avicularia
[uh-vik-yuh-lair-ee-uh] /əˌvɪk yəˈlɛər i ə/ (Show IPA).
Zoology.
1.
a protective zooid of a bryozoan colony, having movable jaws that can be snapped shut.
Origin of avicularium
From New Latin; See origin at avi-, -cule1, -arium
Related forms
avicularian, adjective
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