nudibranch

[ noo-duh-brangk, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu dəˌbræŋk, ˈnyu- /

noun

a shell-less, marine snail of the suborder Nudibranchia, having external, often branched respiratory appendages on the back and sides.

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Origin of nudibranch

1835–45; <French nudibranche, equivalent to nudi-nudi- + branche gill (<Latin branchiabranchia)
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British Dictionary definitions for nudibranch

nudibranch
/ (ˈnjuːdɪˌbræŋk) /

noun

any marine gastropod of the order Nudibranchia, characterized by a shell-less, often beautifully coloured, body bearing external gills and other appendagesAlso called: sea slug

Word Origin for nudibranch

C19: from nudi- + branche, from Latin branchia gills
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Scientific definitions for nudibranch

nudibranch
[ nōōdə-brăngk′ ]

See sea slug.
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