Pterobranchia

plural noun

Ptero·​bran·​chia
ˌterəˈbraŋkēə
: an order of Hemichordata or an independent phylum of uncertain affinities that comprises two genera (Cephalodiscus and Rhabdopleura) of small deep-sea tube-dwelling animals that commonly reproduce by budding

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from pter- + -branchia

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“Pterobranchia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pterobranchia. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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