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turbellarian

[ tur-buh-lair-ee-uhn ]
/ ˌtɜr bəˈlɛər i ən /
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Definition of turbellarian

adjective
belonging to the Turbellaria, a class of platyhelminths or flatworms, mostly aquatic and having cilia on the body surface.
noun
a turbellarian platyhelminth.
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Origin of turbellarian

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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British Dictionary definitions for turbellarian

turbellarian
/ (ˌtɜːbɪˈlɛərɪən) /

noun
any typically aquatic free-living flatworm of the class Turbellaria, having a ciliated epidermis and a simple life cycle: includes the planarians
adjective
of, relating to, or belonging to the class Turbellaria

Word Origin for turbellarian

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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