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 (ā-brăng′kē-ĭt, -āt′)
An animal that has no gills.
adj. also a·bran·chi·al (-kē-əl)
Having no gills.


(əˈbræŋkɪɪt; -ˌeɪt) or


(Zoology) zoology having no gills
[C19: a-1 + branchiate]
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Adj.1.abranchiate - having no gillsabranchiate - having no gills      
branchiate, gilled - provided with gills; "a gilled tadpole"
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2A), (from chaetiger 9 in one specimen), depending on length, last 5-13 chaetigers abranchiate, long anteriorly, overlap mid-dorsum, shorten posteriorly.
Comparison: New material mostly corresponding with original description and paratype examined (Day 1957); in the paratype the last 12 chaetigers are abranchiate, falling within the range observed in the new material, posterior inferior companion chaetae are not mentioned in the description but are present in both the new material and the paratype, although they are present on fewer chaetigers in the latter.