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adjective tu·ni·cate \ˈtü-ni-kət, ˈtyü-, -nə-ˌkāt\

Definition of TUNICATE

a :  having or covered with a tunic or tunica
b :  having, arranged in, or made up of concentric layers <a tunicate flower bulb>
:  of or relating to the tunicates

Variants of TUNICATE

tu·ni·cate also tu·ni·cat·ed \-nə-ˌkā-təd\

Origin of TUNICATE

Latin tunicatus, from tunica
First Known Use: circa 1623

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noun tu·ni·cate \-ni-kət, -nə-ˌkāt\

Definition of TUNICATE

:  any of a subphylum (Urochordata syn. Tunicata) of marine chordate animals (as ascidians) that are filter feeders having a thick secreted covering layer, a greatly reduced nervous system, and only in the larval stage a notochord

Origin of TUNICATE

New Latin Tunicata, from neuter plural of Latin tunicatus
First Known Use: 1889


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