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[trok-uh l-minth]
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  1. any invertebrate of the phylum Trochelminthes (now usually broken up into several phyla), comprising the rotifers, gastrotrichs, and several other forms.
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Origin of trochelminth

< New Latin Trochelminthes phylum name, equivalent to Greek troch(ós) wheel + helminth- helminth + -es plural noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for trochelminth


  1. any invertebrate of the former taxonomic group Trochelminthes, which included the rotifers and gastrotrichs, now classed as separate phyla
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin trochelminthes, from Greek trokhos wheel, from trekhein to run + helminth
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