brachiolaria

noun
brach·​i·​o·​lar·​ia | \ ˌbrakēōˈla(a)rēə \
plural brachiolariae\ -​rēˌē \

Definition of brachiolaria

: a transitional larva of certain starfishes that develops from the bipinnaria and is distinguished by possession of three anterior processes homologous with those of the adult starfish

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brachiolarian \ ¦⸗⸗⸗¦⸗rēən \ adjective

History and Etymology for brachiolaria

New Latin, from brachiola + -aria

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“Brachiolaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brachiolaria. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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