- any of the microscopic, multicellular animals of the class or phylum Gastrotricha, of fresh or salt waters, characterized by bands of cilia on the ventral surface of the bottle-shaped or ribbony body and by a protrusible feeding apparatus at the mouth.
Origin of gastrotrich
1935–40; < New Latin Gastrotricha, equivalent to gastro- gastro- + Greek -tricha neuter plural of -trichos -haired, adj. derivative of thríx hair
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- any minute aquatic multicellular animal of the phylum Gastrotricha, having a wormlike body covered with cilia and bristles
from New Latin gastrotricha, from gastro- + Greek -trichos -haired: see tricho-
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