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trochophore

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noun trocho·phore \ˈträ-kə-ˌfȯr\

Definition of trochophore

  1. :  a free-swimming ciliate larva occurring in several invertebrate groups (as the polychaete worms and mollusks)



Origin of trochophore

ultimately from Greek trochos wheel + pherein to carry — more at bear


First Known Use: 1892


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