- Bot. of or covered with concentric layers or tunics, as an onion
- Zool. having a tunic or mantle
Origin of tunicateClassical Latin tunicatus, past participle of tunicare, to put on a tunic ; from tunica, tunic
any of a subphylum (Tunicata) of solitary or colonial sea chordates, having a saclike body enclosed by a thick tunic, including the salps and ascidians
Any of various chordate marine animals of the subphylum Urochordata (or Tunicata), having a cylindrical or globular body enclosed in a tough outer covering and a notochord in the larval stage, and including the sea squirts and salps.
- Of or relating to the tunicates.
- Anatomy Having a tunic.
- Botany Having a tunic, as the bulb of an onion.
Origin of tunicateLatin tunicatus, past participle of tunicare, to clothe with a tunic, from tunica, tunic; see tunic.
Latin tunicatus, past participle of tunicare (“to clothe with a tunic").