EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun any microscopic animal of the phylum (or class) Rotifera, found in fresh and salt waters, having one or more rings of cilia on the anterior end. Origin of rotifer
dating back to
see origin at
Rotifera Related forms ro·tif·er·al , [roh- tif-er- uh l] /roʊˈtɪf ər əl/ ro·tif·er·ous, adjective
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Yet among those animal mountains, where will you find the vivacity, the ardor of vitality, displayed by the
One dries up a
rotifer: good night to him; somebody soaks him a little, and he wakes up to bid you good day.
It is to the
rotifer what this globe, with its twenty-seven thousand miles of circumference is to man.
The Asplanchna, the mouthless male of a
Rotifer, (p. 292) alone remains for me.
Rotifer macrurus the ovary with its germinal vesicles is distinctly seen occupying one side of the animal. British Dictionary definitions for rotifer noun any minute aquatic multicellular invertebrate of the phylum Rotifera, having a ciliated wheel-like organ used in feeding and locomotion: common constituents of freshwater plankton Also called: wheel animalcule Derived Forms rotiferal ( rəʊˈtɪfərəl) or rotiferous, adjective Word Origin for rotifer
C18: from New Latin
Rotifera, from Latin rota wheel + ferre to bear
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Any of various tiny, multicellular aquatic animals of the phylum Rotifera, having a wheel-like ring of cilia at their front ends. The cilia trap small organisms for food. Rotifers are grouped by some scientists together with nematodes and some other invertebrates as aschelminths.
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