the phylum or class comprising the rotifers.

Origin of Rotifera

1820–30; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin rot(a) wheel + -i- -i- + -fera, neuter plural of -fer -fer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rotifera

Historical Examples of rotifera

  • Others, again, include the Rotifera in the second subdivision.

    Everyday Objects

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • Rotatoria (rta, a wheel) or Rotifera (rota and fero, to bear).

  • Such small creatures as Daphnia pulex, Cyclops quadricornis and Rotifera should be introduced into ponds.

    Amateur Fish Culture

    Charles Edward Walker

  • The head extends from the top of the vase, and is surmounted with the usual cilia, or wheel, which we see among all the rotifera.

  • The Cyclops feed on smaller aquatic animals such as Protozoa, Rotifera, etc.

Word Origin and History for rotifera



class of microscopic freshwater organisms, 1830, Modern Latin, from Rotifer (Leeuwenhoek, 1702), from Latin rota "wheel" (see rotary) + -fer "bearing" (see bear (v.)). The animalcules use rotary organs to swim about.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper