capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Serpulidae) of small marine polychaete worms having brightly colored gills and constructing and living in contorted calcareous tubes that may be closed with horny opercula
plural serpulas
or serpulae
: any worm of the genus Serpula or family Serpulidae

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, little snake, from serpere to creep

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“Serpula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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