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noun ves·ti·men·tif·er·an \ˌves-tə-ˌmen-ˈti-f(ə-)rən\

Definition of vestimentiferan

  1. :  any of a taxonomic group (Vestimentifera) of very large tube worms that may grow to 9 feet (3 meters) in length and more than an inch (3 centimeters) in diameter, are found especially near deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and are considered pogonophorans or a separate phylum or polychaetes



Origin and Etymology of vestimentiferan

New Latin Vestimentifera, from vestimentum muscular structure by which the worm emerges from its tube (from Latin, garment) + -fera, neuter plural of -fer -fer

First Known Use: 1982

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