arrowworm

arrowworm
noun Date: circa 1889 any of a phylum (Chaetognatha) of small planktonic wormlike marine organisms having curved bristles on either side of the head for seizing prey

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Arrowworm — Ar row*worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A peculiar transparent worm of the genus {Sagitta}, living at the surface of the sea. See {Sagitta}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arrowworm — [ar′ōwʉrm΄, er′ōwʉrm΄] n. any of a phylum (Chaetognatha) of small, wormlike marine animals with an arrow shaped, finned, almost completely transparent body: they feed on plankton …   English World dictionary

  • arrowworm — /ar oh werrm /, n. any small, translucent marine worm of the phylum (or class) Chaetognatha, having lateral and caudal fins. Also called glassworm. [1885 90; so called from a fancied resemblance to an arrow] * * * ▪ animal phylum Introduction… …   Universalium

  • arrowworm — arrow·worm …   English syllables

  • arrowworm — ar•row•worm [[t]ˈær oʊˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ivt any small, translucent marine worm of the phylum Chaetognatha, having lateral and caudal fins • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • arrowworm — /ˈæroʊwɜm/ (say arohwerm) noun any member of the phylum Chaetognatha, small transparent pelagic animals of elongate form with lateral fins …   Australian English dictionary

  • arrowworm — noun any worm of the Chaetognatha; transparent marine worm with horizontal lateral and caudal fins and a row of movable curved spines at each side of the mouth • Syn: ↑chaetognath • Hypernyms: ↑worm • Hyponyms: ↑sagitta • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • chaetognath — n. any dart shaped worm of the phylum Chaetognatha, usu. living among marine plankton, and having a head with external thorny teeth. Etymology: mod.L Chaetognatha f. Gk khaite long hair + gnathos jaw * * * noun any worm of the Chaetognatha;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • glass worm — noun Etymology: so called from its transparency : arrowworm * * * glass worm, = arrowworm. (Cf. ↑arrowworm) …   Useful english dictionary

  • sagitta — noun any arrowworm of the genus Sagitta • Hypernyms: ↑arrowworm, ↑chaetognath • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Sagitta …   Useful english dictionary

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