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turbellarian

[ tur-buh-lair-ee-uhn ]

adjective

  1. belonging to the Turbellaria, a class of platyhelminths or flatworms, mostly aquatic and having cilia on the body surface.


noun

  1. a turbellarian platyhelminth.

turbellarian

/ ˌtɜːbɪˈlɛərɪən /

noun

  1. any typically aquatic free-living flatworm of the class Turbellaria , having a ciliated epidermis and a simple life cycle: includes the planarians


adjective

  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the class Turbellaria

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Word History and Origins

Origin of turbellarian1

1875–80; < New Latin Turbellari ( a ) ( Latin turbell ( ae ) a stir, row (plural diminutive of turba turmoil) + -āria, neuter plural of -ārius -ary ) + -an

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Word History and Origins

Origin of turbellarian1

C19: from New Latin Turbellāria , from Latin turbellae (pl) bustle, from turba brawl, referring to the swirling motion created in the water

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Example Sentences

According to Spengel it resembles at this time in its form and habits a rhabdocœlous Turbellarian.

Between the turbellarian and the annelid many aberrant lines diverged.

Now the turbellarian is small and sluggish, with a fair digestive system.

The third stage in our ancestral series is the turbellarian.

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