Dinophilea

plural noun Di·no·phil·ea \ ˌdīnōˈfilēə \

Definition of Dinophilea

:a small group of minute vermiform invertebrate animals inhabiting salt water or brackish water, constituting a single genus, and being considered of uncertain systematic position or included as a class in Trochelminthes

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Origin and Etymology of dinophilea

borrowed from New Latin, from Dinophilus, genus coextensive with the group Dinophilea (from Greek dī́nē “whirlpool, vortex, eddy” + -o--o- + New Latin -philus-philus) + -ea, neuter plural of Latin -eus-eous
Note: The group name Dinophilea appears to have been introduced in T. Jeffrey Parker and William A. Haswell’s A Text-Book of Zoology, vol. 1 (London, 1897), pp. 310-11. The genus name Dinophilus was introduced by the German zoologist Eduard Oscar Schmidt (1823-86) in Neue Beiträge zur Naturgeschichte der Würmer, gesammelt auf einer Reise nach den Färör im Frühjahr 1848 (Jena, 1848), p. 3


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