trochophore

noun

trocho·​phore ˈträ-kə-ˌfȯr How to pronounce trochophore (audio)
: a free-swimming ciliate larva occurring in several invertebrate groups (such as the polychaete worms and mollusks)

Word History

Etymology

ultimately from Greek trochos wheel + pherein to carry — more at bear

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trochophore was in 1892

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“Trochophore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trochophore. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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