Vibraculum
Vibraculum Vi*brac"u*lum, n.; pl. {Vibracula}. [NL., dim. from L. vibrare to vibrate.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the movable, slender, spinelike organs or parts with which certain bryozoans are furnished. They are regarded as specially modified zooids, of nearly the same nature as Avicularia. [1913 Webster]

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  • vibraculum — [vī brak′yo͞o ləm] n. pl. vibracula [vī brak′yo͞olə] [ModL, dim. < L vibrare, to VIBRATE] Zool. any of the specially modified zooids in a colony of bryozoans, with a whiplike, movable form vibracular adj …   English World dictionary

  • vibraculum — n.; pl. vibracula [L. dim. vibrare, to vibrate] (BRYOZOA: Gymnolaemata) A heterozooid with the operculum in the form of a long bristle or seta between pivots, supposedly used to sweep away detritus and settling larvae …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • vibraculum — vibracular, adj. vibraculoid, adj. /vuy brak yeuh leuhm/, n., pl. vibracula / leuh/. any of the modified polyps on the surface of certain bryozoan colonies, having a long, whiplike appendage that clears away debris. [1850 55; < NL, equiv. to L… …   Universalium

  • vibraculum — noun A long, whiplike, modified zooid on the surface of certain colonies of bryozoa …   Wiktionary

  • vibraculum — vi·brac·u·lum …   English syllables

  • vibraculum — /vaɪˈbrækjələm/ (say vuy brakyuhluhm) noun (plural vibracula /vaɪˈbrækjələ/ (say vuy brakyuhluh)) one of the long, tapering, whip like, movable appendages possessed by certain polyzoans. {New Latin, from Latin vibrāre shake} –vibracular,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • vibraculum — n. (pl. vibracula) Zool. a whiplike structure of bryozoans used to bring food within reach by lashing movements. Derivatives: vibracular adj. Etymology: mod.L (as VIBRATE) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vibracula — Vibraculum Vi*brac u*lum, n.; pl. {Vibracula}. [NL., dim. from L. vibrare to vibrate.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the movable, slender, spinelike organs or parts with which certain bryozoans are furnished. They are regarded as specially modified zooids,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vibracularium — vīˌbrakyəˈla(a)rēəm noun ( s) Etymology: New Latin, from vibraculum + arium 1. : vibraculum 2. : a cell containing the motive cells of a vibracularium …   Useful english dictionary

  • vibraculoid —  ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌlȯid adjective Etymology: New Latin vibraculum + English oid : of, relating to, or resembling a vibraculum …   Useful english dictionary

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