- a ciliate, free-swimming larva common to several groups of invertebrates, as many mollusks and rotifers.
Origin of trochophore
1890–95; < Greek trochó(s) wheel + -phore
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- 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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