trochophore

[trok-uh-fawr, -fohr]

noun Zoology.

a ciliate, free-swimming larva common to several groups of invertebrates, as many mollusks and rotifers.

Nearby words

  1. trochlear,
  2. trochlear nerve,
  3. trochlear spine,
  4. trochoid,
  5. trochoid joint,
  6. trod,
  7. trodden,
  8. trode,
  9. troezen,
  10. troffer

Origin of trochophore

1890–95; < Greek trochó(s) wheel + -phore

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British Dictionary definitions for trochophore

trochophore

trochosphere (ˈtrɒkəsˌfɪə)

noun

the ciliated planktonic larva of many invertebrates, including polychaete worms, molluscs, and rotifers

Word Origin for trochophore

C19: from Greek trokhos wheel + -phore

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