ves·​ti·​men·​tif·​er·​an | \ ˌve-stə-ˌmen-ˈti-f(ə-)rən How to pronounce vestimentiferan (audio) \

Definition of vestimentiferan

: any of a taxonomic group (Vestimentifera) of very large tube worms that may grow to 9 feet (3 meters) in length and more than an inch (3 centimeters) in diameter, are found especially near deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and are considered pogonophorans or a separate phylum or polychaetes

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vestimentiferan adjective

First Known Use of vestimentiferan

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vestimentiferan

New Latin Vestimentifera, from vestimentum muscular structure by which the worm emerges from its tube (from Latin, garment) + -fera, neuter plural of -fer -fer

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“Vestimentiferan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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