Aeolididae

plural noun

Ae·​o·​lid·​i·​dae
ˌē-ə-ˈli-də-ˌdē
: a family that is made up of nudibranchs that have many nematocysts obtained from the hydroids on which they feed and that is sometimes placed with related families in a superfamily (Aeolidoidea)

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, from Aeolid-, Aeolis, aeolis + -idae -idae

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aeolididae was in 1882

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“Aeolididae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aeolididae. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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