noun, plural bran·chi·ae [brang-kee-ee] /ˈbræŋ kiˌi/. Zoology.

a gill.

Origin of branchia

1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin branchia “gill” (plural branchiae), from Greek: bránchia “gills,” plural of bránchion “fin” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -chiae (-kɪˌiː)

a gill in aquatic animals
Derived Formsbranchiate, adjective
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