Cheilostomata

plural noun Chei·lo·sto·ma·ta \ˌkīləˈstōmətə\

Definition of Cheilostomata

  1. :  a large order of marine bryozoans (class Gymnolaemata) having the colony erect or encrusting, the zooecia more or less tubular, and the aperture closed by a chitinous operculum when the polypide is retracted

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Origin and Etymology of cheilostomata

borrowed from New Latin, plural of Cheilostoma, from cheilo- cheilo- + -stoma 1-stoma


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