plural dipleurulas
or dipleurulae
: a hypothetical bilaterally symmetrical echinoderm larva sometimes regarded as a common ancestor of echinoderms and chordates
: a larval echinoderm (such as a bipinnaria or an echinopluteus)
not used technically

Word History


New Latin, from dipleura bilaterally symmetrical organisms (from di- + -pleura) + -ula

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“Dipleurula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dipleurula. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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