bear animalcules
Tardigrada Tar`di*gra"da, n. pl. [NL. See {Tardigrade}, a.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A tribe of edentates comprising the sloths. They are noted for the slowness of their movements when on the ground. See {Sloth}, 3. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) An order of minute aquatic arachnids; -- called also {bear animalcules}, {sloth animalcules}, and {water bears}. [1913 Webster]


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  • sloth animalcules — Tardigrada Tar di*gra da, n. pl. [NL. See {Tardigrade}, a.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A tribe of edentates comprising the sloths. They are noted for the slowness of their movements when on the ground. See {Sloth}, 3. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) An order of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tardigrada — Tar di*gra da, n. pl. [NL. See {Tardigrade}, a.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A tribe of edentates comprising the sloths. They are noted for the slowness of their movements when on the ground. See {Sloth}, 3. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) An order of minute… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water bears — Tardigrada Tar di*gra da, n. pl. [NL. See {Tardigrade}, a.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A tribe of edentates comprising the sloths. They are noted for the slowness of their movements when on the ground. See {Sloth}, 3. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) An order of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • macrobiotus — ˌmakrəˈbīəd.əs noun Usage: capitalized Etymology: New Latin, from Greek makrobiotos : a genus of bear animalcules having the body naked, transparent, and containing numerous fat globules that resemble enormous blood corpuscles …   Useful english dictionary

  • cell — cell1 cell like, adj. /sel/, n. 1. a small room, as in a convent or prison. 2. any of various small compartments or bounded areas forming part of a whole. 3. a small group acting as a unit within a larger organization: a local cell of the… …   Universalium

  • microbiology — microbiological /muy kroh buy euh loj i keuhl/, microbiologic, adj. microbiologically, adv. microbiologist, n. /muy kroh buy ol euh jee/, n. the branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, uses, and modes of existence of microscopic… …   Universalium

  • rotifera — class of microscopic freshwater organisms, 1830, Modern Latin, from L. rota wheel (see ROTARY (Cf. rotary)) + fer bearing (see BEAR (Cf. bear) (v.)). The animalcules use rotary organs to swim about …   Etymology dictionary

  • rotifers — n.; n. pl. [L. rota, wheel; fero, bear] A phylum of aquatic pseudocoelomate animals, many with an anterior ciliated corona that looks like a rotating wheel; wheel animalcules …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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