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Any of various microscopic aquatic invertebrate animals of the phylum Rotifera, having at the head end a wheellike ring of cilia used for feeding and locomotion.
[From New Latin Rotifera, phylum name : Latin rota, wheel; see rota + Latin -fer, -fer.]
(Animals) any minute aquatic multicellular invertebrate of the phylum Rotifera, having a ciliated wheel-like organ used in feeding and locomotion: common constituents of freshwater plankton. Also called: wheel animalcule
[C18: from New Latin Rotifera, from Latin rota wheel + ferre to bear]
rotiferal, roˈtiferous adj
ro•ti•fer(ˈroʊ tə fər)
any microscopic animal of the phylum Rotifera, found in fresh and salt waters, having one or more rings of cilia on the anterior end. Also called wheel animalcule.
[1785–95; < New Latin Rotifera= Latin rot(a) wheel + -i- -i- + -fera, neuter pl. of -fer -fer]
ro•tif′er•al (-ˈtɪf ər əl) ro•tif′er•ous, adj.
Any of various tiny multicellular animals living in water and having a wheel-like ring of cilia at their front ends.
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|Noun||1.||rotifer - minute aquatic multicellular organisms having a ciliated wheel-like organ for feeding and locomotion; constituents of freshwater plankton|
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification