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tunicate

adjective tu·ni·cate \ ˈtü-ni-kət , ˈtyü- , -nə-ˌkāt \
variants: or less commonly tunicated play \ˈtü-nə-ˌkā-təd, ˈtyü-\
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of tunicate

1 a : having or covered with a tunic or tunica
b : having, arranged in, or made up of concentric layers
  • a tunicate flower bulb
2 : of or relating to the tunicates

Origin and Etymology of tunicate

Latin tunicatus, from tunica


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tunicate

noun tu·ni·cate \ ˈtü-ni-kət , -nə-ˌkāt , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tunicate

: any of a subphylum (Urochordata synonym Tunicata) of marine chordate animals (such as ascidians) that are filter feeders having a thick secreted covering layer, a greatly reduced nervous system, and only in the larval stage a notochord

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Origin and Etymology of tunicate

New Latin Tunicata, from neuter plural of Latin tunicatus


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