gastrotrich

noun

gas·​tro·​trich ˈga-strə-ˌtrik How to pronounce gastrotrich (audio)
: any of a phylum (Gastrotricha) of minute aquatic pseudocoelomate animals that usually have a spiny or scaly cuticle and cilia on the ventral surface

Word History

Etymology

ultimately from Greek gastr- + trich-, thrix hair — more at trich-

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gastrotrich was in 1940

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“Gastrotrich.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gastrotrich. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

gastrotrich

noun
gas·​tro·​trich ˈgas-trə-ˌtrik How to pronounce gastrotrich (audio)
: any of a small group of tiny animals that live in water and move by gliding

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