turbellarian
noun Etymology: ultimately from Latin turbellae (plural) bustle, stir, diminutive of turba confusion, crowd; from the tiny eddies created in water by the cilia Date: 1883 any of a class (Turbellaria) of mostly aquatic and free-living flatworms (as a planarian) • turbellarian adjective

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  • Turbellarian — Tur bel*la ri*an, n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Turbellaria. Also used adjectively. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turbellarian — [tʉr΄bə ler′ē ən] n. [< ModL Turbellaria < L turbellae, a bustle, stir, dim. of turba, a crowd (see TURBID), disturbance (from water currents caused by the cilia) + AN] any of a class (Turbellaria) of flatworms, mostly aquatic and… …   English World dictionary

  • turbellarian — /terr beuh lair ee euhn/, adj. 1. belonging to the Turbellaria, a class of platyhelminths or flatworms, mostly aquatic and having cilia on the body surface. n. 2. a turbellarian platyhelminth. [1875 80; < NL Turbellari(a) (L turbell(ae) a stir,… …   Universalium

  • turbellarian — tur·bel·lar·i·an ler ē ən, lar n any flatworm of the class Turbellaria turbellarian adj …   Medical dictionary

  • turbellarian — /tɜbəˈlɛəriən/ (say terbuh lairreeuhn) adjective 1. belonging to the Turbellaria, a class of platyhelminths or flatworms, mostly aquatic, and characterised by cilia whose motions produce small currents or vortexes in water. –noun 2. a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • turbellarian — 1. noun Any flatworm of the class Turbellaria 2. adjective Characteristic of these creatures …   Wiktionary

  • turbellarian — tur·bel·lar·i·an …   English syllables

  • turbellarian — tur•bel•lar•i•an [[t]ˌtɜr bəˈlɛər i ən[/t]] n. mcr any flatworm of the class Turbellaria, usu. aquatic and having an ovate body covered with cilia • Etymology: 1875–80; < NL Turbellari(a) (L turbell(ae) a stir, row (pl. dim. of turba turmoil)… …   From formal English to slang

  • turbellarian —   n. kind of flatworm …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • turbellarian — n. & adj. n. any usu. free living flatworm of the class Turbellaria, having a ciliated surface. adj. of or relating to this class. Etymology: mod.L Turbellaria f. L turbella dimin. of turba crowd: see TURBID …   Useful english dictionary

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