wheel animalcule


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

wheel animalcule

n
(Animals) another name for rotifer
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

ro•ti•fer

(ˈroʊ tə fər)

n.
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.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Rotifers are pseudocoelomate micro-organism with intricate structure and well organized bodies, commonly called as wheel animalcule. Rotifers are found in aquatic and semi aquatic habitats, but are predominantly fresh water inhabitants.