Definition of Phylactolaemata
: a class or other division of Bryozoa comprising freshwater forms having the tentacles arranged on a horseshoe-shaped lophophore and the mouth covered by an epistome — compare gymnolaemata
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Origin and Etymology of phylactolaemata
New Latin, from phylacto- (from Greek phylaktos, verbal of phylassein to guard, preserve) + laem- (from Greek laimos throat, gullet) + -ata — more at gymnolaemata
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