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pluteus

[ ploo-tee-uhs ]
/ ˈplu ti əs /
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noun, plural plu·te·i [ploo-tee-ahy], /ˈplu tiˌaɪ/, plu·te·us·es.

the free-swimming, bilaterally symmetrical larva of an echinoid or ophiuroid.

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Origin of pluteus

1825–35; <New Latin; Latin: breastwork, movable shelter
plu·te·al, plu·te·an, adjective
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