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trochophore

[ trok-uh-fawr, -fohr ]
/ ˈtrɒk əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr /
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noun Zoology.
a ciliate, free-swimming larva common to several groups of invertebrates, as many mollusks and rotifers.
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Origin of trochophore

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

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British Dictionary definitions for trochophore

trochophore

trochosphere (ˈtrɒkəsˌfɪə)

/ (ˈtrɒkəˌfɔː) /

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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