Rotifera

[ roh-tif-er-uh ]
/ roʊˈtɪf ər ə /
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noun

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
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Rotifera


n.

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.

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