sea slug


Definition of sea slug

2 : a naked marine gastropod specifically : nudibranch

Examples of sea slug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the Hilton’s nudibranch, a predatory sea slug, expanded northward during the Blob, which led to a decline in local nudibranchs. Erica Nielsen, The Conversation, 4 Oct. 2021 Nowadays, plant and algae chloroplasts can’t get by without protein cargo that’s manufactured exclusively out of genes in the nucleus, which doesn’t survive the sea slug’s discerning digestion. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 Other experiments have traced the acquisition of habituation in the gill withdrawal reflex of the sea slug Aplysia to changes in individual cells. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 28 May 2021 The Spanish dancer is a large sea slug, not a jellyfish. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 24 Oct. 2016 Instead of digesting these, the sea slug actually incorporates them into its own tissues. Matt Simon, Wired, 8 Mar. 2021 See the head and the body of a sea slug move spontaneously, 3 days after separation. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2021 The findings, published this week in the journal Current Biology, describe Elysia marginata and Elysia atroviridis sea slug heads detaching and crawling away from their bodies. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2021 Further investigations revealed that another species of sacoglossan sea slug (Elysia atroviridis) also undergoes this type of regeneration and that certain individuals can pull off the trick more than once. Harry Baker, Scientific American, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sea slug

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sea slug was in 1779

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14 Oct 2021

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“Sea slug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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