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tunicate

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

Definition of tunicate

  1. 1a :  having or covered with a tunic or tunicab :  having, arranged in, or made up of concentric layers <a tunicate flower bulb>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the tunicates



Variants of tunicate

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tunicated

play \-nə-ˌkā-təd\

Origin and Etymology of tunicate

Latin tunicatus, from tunica


First Known Use: circa 1623


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tunicate

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noun tu·ni·cate \-ni-kət, -nə-ˌkāt\

Definition of tunicate

  1. :  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 and Etymology of tunicate

New Latin Tunicata, from neuter plural of Latin tunicatus


First Known Use: 1889


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