an·​ces·​tru·​la | \ anˈsestrələ, aan- \
plural ancestrulae\ -​ˌlē \ or ancestrulas

Definition of ancestrula

: the primary or first zooid of a bryozoan colony from which secondary individuals are formed by budding

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Other Words from ancestrula

ancestrular \ (ˈ)⸗¦⸗⸗lə(r) \ adjective

First Known Use of ancestrula

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ancestrula

New Latin, from English ancestor + New Latin -ula

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“Ancestrula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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