: a genus (the type of the small family Chaetopteridae) of large marine polychaete worms that inhabit parchmentlike U-shaped tubes open at both ends, are highly bioluminescent, and have one pair of large lateral appendages and several broad fanlike membranous folds by which they maintain a current of water within the tube

Word History


New Latin, from chaet- + -pterus

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“Chaetopterus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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