tunicate

adjective
tu·​ni·​cate | \ ˈtü-ni-kət How to pronounce tunicate (audio) , ˈtyü-, -nə-ˌkāt \
variants: or less commonly tunicated \ ˈtü-​nə-​ˌkā-​təd How to pronounce tunicate (audio) , ˈtyü-​ \

Definition of tunicate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

tunicate

noun
tu·​ni·​cate | \ ˈtü-ni-kət How to pronounce tunicate (audio) , -nə-ˌkāt, ˈtyü- \

Definition of tunicate (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Examples of tunicate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Here’s the Deal with Those Slimy, Brain-Like Blobs Washing Ashore in Florida and the Carolinas Salps, like their relatives the sea pork, are part of a group called tunicates, are considered one of the most evolved of all marine invertebrates. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 25 June 2019 Moving between mid-water and the deep sea, Phillips and Gruber were able to handle a wide range of organisms, like a glass sponge, a sea cucumber, a branching coral, and even free-floating bioluminescent tunicates. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 3 Oct. 2018 Here’s the Deal with Those Slimy, Brain-Like Blobs Washing Ashore in Florida and the Carolinas Salps, like their relatives the sea pork, are part of a group called tunicates, are considered one of the most evolved of all marine invertebrates. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 25 June 2019 Moving between mid-water and the deep sea, Phillips and Gruber were able to handle a wide range of organisms, like a glass sponge, a sea cucumber, a branching coral, and even free-floating bioluminescent tunicates. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 3 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of tunicate

Adjective

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tunicate

Adjective

Latin tunicatus, from tunica

Noun

New Latin Tunicata, from neuter plural of Latin tunicatus

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“Tunicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunicate. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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