I. adjective also tunicated Etymology: Latin tunicatus, from tunica Date: circa 1623 1. a. having or covered with a tunic or tunica b. having, arranged in, or made up of concentric layers <
a tunicate flower bulb
2. of or relating to the tunicates II. noun Etymology: New Latin Tunicata, from neuter plural of Latin tunicatus Date: 1889 any of a subphylum (Urochordata syn. Tunicata) of marine chordate animals (as ascidians) that are filter feeders having a thick secreted covering layer, a greatly reduced nervous system, and only in the larval stage a notochord

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