Serpulas
Serpula Ser"pu*la, n.; pl. {Serpul[ae]}, E. {Serpulas}. [L., a little snake. See {Serpent}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of tubicolous annelids of the genus {Serpula} and allied genera of the family {Serpulid[ae]}. They secrete a calcareous tube, which is usually irregularly contorted, but is sometimes spirally coiled. The worm has a wreath of plumelike and often bright-colored gills around its head, and usually an operculum to close the aperture of its tube when it retracts. [1913 Webster]

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  • Serpula — Ser pu*la, n.; pl. {Serpul[ae]}, E. {Serpulas}. [L., a little snake. See {Serpent}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of tubicolous annelids of the genus {Serpula} and allied genera of the family {Serpulid[ae]}. They secrete a calcareous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Serpulae — Serpula Ser pu*la, n.; pl. {Serpul[ae]}, E. {Serpulas}. [L., a little snake. See {Serpent}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of tubicolous annelids of the genus {Serpula} and allied genera of the family {Serpulid[ae]}. They secrete a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Uncinata — Un ci*na ta, n. pl. [NL., fr. L. uncinus a hook.] (Zo[ o]l.) A division of marine ch[ae]topod annelids which are furnished with uncini, as the serpulas and sabellas. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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