- a gill.
Origin of branchia
1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin branchia “gill” (plural branchiae), from Greek: bránchia “gills,” plural of bránchion “fin”
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Examples from the Web for branchia
First branchia on each side attached to second somite just in front and mesad of the first setigerous tubercle.
The second branchia attached just caudad of the first on the caudal region of somite III.
Tadpoles (after they have cast their branchia or gills), newts, and rock fish can be used to the extent of six to the gallon.
Shell conical, not spiral; inferior pallial lobe transformed into a branchia.
Visceral mass and shell sinistral; inferior pallial lobe very prominent, and transformed into a branchia.
- a gill in aquatic animals
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