sea slug


Definition of sea slug

2 : a naked marine gastropod specifically : nudibranch

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Recent Examples on the Web Glaucus Atlanticus is a feathery-like species of sea slug, and is also known as the blue angel. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: A stunning world," 5 Sep. 2020 So do some invertebrates like fruit flies and sea slugs. Popular Science, "No one knows what a perfect night’s sleep actually looks like," 16 May 2020 Its masked protagonist offers that perfect shade of Clint Eastwood cool, and its outer-reaches setting grants him an appropriately lawless sandbox to play in, complete with sea slugs and saloon shootouts. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch on Disney+ while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic," 28 Mar. 2020 Gosliner is known for a number of discoveries regarding sea slugs. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Scientists discovered 71 new species this year. Here are some of their favorites," 7 Dec. 2019 In simple animals, such as the sea slug Aplysia, memories can be transferred from one individual to another using RNA extracted from the one who experienced them. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "A Successful Artificial Memory Has Been Created," 27 Aug. 2019 At night, underwater spotlights attract squid, octopus, and blazing red Spanish dancer sea slugs that ripple past the glass. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "Don’t scuba? Here are 10 other underwater thrills," 7 June 2019 All animals that have long-term memories use this same basic cellular machinery; scientists worked out the details of long-term potentiation by studying California sea slugs. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Human memory: How we make, remember, and forget memories," 4 Mar. 2019 But rainbow nudibranchs, a small colorful species of sea slug, lie in wait, looking for a nighttime meal. Nick Rahaim,, "5 best scuba diving spots in California, from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s dive director," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of sea slug

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sea slug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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