plural noun Phy·lac·to·lae·ma·ta \-mətə\

Definition of Phylactolaemata

  1. :  a class or other division of Bryozoa comprising freshwater forms having the tentacles arranged on a horseshoe-shaped lophophore and the mouth covered by an epistome — compare gymnolaemata



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Origin and Etymology of phylactolaemata

New Latin, from phylacto- (from Greek phylaktos, verbal of phylassein to guard, preserve) + laem- (from Greek laimos throat, gullet) + -ata — more at gymnolaemata

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