sea squirt


Examples of sea squirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most sea squirts start their lives with similar appearances to tadpoles and can move around. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2023 Until now, scientists had only made this sort of map, called a connectome, for the brains of three organisms: two types of worm and a sea squirt larva. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2023 All of the fish were hungry, but every one refused to eat the sea squirt innards. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 26 June 2015 Colony of salps, a type of sea squirt, living side by side in a spiral. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 8 June 2021 As just a few examples, in June, the FDA approved a new treatment for lung cancer called lurbinectedin that was originally synthesized from a toxin found in the sea squirt, or tunicate, a marine invertebrate that uses the poison to ward off enemies. Eric Niiler, Wired, 27 Oct. 2020 In fact, the most primitive animal known to have cannabinoid receptors is the sea squirt, which lived more than 600 million years ago. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 23 Oct. 2019 Leatherbacks feed on jellyfish and sea squirts and can easily migrate from Japan to California. Craig Welch, National Geographic, 20 Sep. 2019 Unlike other Odontonia species, however, O. plurellicola and O. bagginsi do not live in solitary tunicates; their sea squirts of choice live in colonies and are smaller than their solitary counterparts. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 13 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea squirt was in 1850

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“Sea squirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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