tur·​bel·​lar·​i·​an ˌtər-bə-ˈler-ē-ən How to pronounce turbellarian (audio)
: any of a class (Turbellaria) of mostly aquatic and free-living flatworms (such as a planarian)
turbellarian adjective

Word History


ultimately from Latin turbellae (plural) bustle, stir, diminutive of turba confusion, crowd; from the tiny eddies created in water by the cilia

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turbellarian was in 1883

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“Turbellarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbellarian. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


tur·​bel·​lar·​i·​an -ˈler-ē-ən, -ˈlar- How to pronounce turbellarian (audio)
: any flatworm of the class Turbellaria
turbellarian adjective

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