plural noun Bdel·loi·dea \de-ˈlȯi-dē-ə\

Definition of Bdelloidea

  1. :  a class (phylum Rotifera) comprising the bdelloids The Class Bdelloidea of the Phylum Rotifera is the largest metazoan taxon in which males, hermaphrodites, and meiosis are unknown. — David Mark Welch and Matthew Meselson, Science, 19 May 2000

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Origin and Etymology of bdelloidea

borrowed from New Latin, alteration of Bdelloida belloida

First Known Use: circa 1925

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capable of being understood in two ways

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