- belonging to the Turbellaria, a class of platyhelminths or flatworms, mostly aquatic and having cilia on the body surface.
- a turbellarian platyhelminth.
Origin of turbellarian
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The third stage in our ancestral series is the turbellarian.
According to Spengel it resembles at this time in its form and habits a rhabdocœlous Turbellarian.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)
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Between the turbellarian and the annelid many aberrant lines diverged.
Now the turbellarian is small and sluggish, with a fair digestive system.
- any typically aquatic free-living flatworm of the class Turbellaria, having a ciliated epidermis and a simple life cycle: includes the planarians
- of, relating to, or belonging to the class Turbellaria
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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