turbellarian[tʉr′bə ler′ē ən]
any of a class (Turbellaria) of flatworms, mostly aquatic and nonparasitic, characterized by a leaf-shaped body covered with many cilia
Origin of turbellarian; from Modern Latin Turbellaria ; from Classical Latin turbellae, a bustle, stir, diminutive of turba, a crowd (see turbid), disturbance (from water currents caused by the cilia) + -an
Any of various free-living chiefly aquatic ciliate flatworms, including the planarians.
Origin of turbellarianFrom New Latin Turbellāria, class name, from Latin turbella, bustle, diminutive of turba, turmoil (from the motion of their cilia in the water); see turbid.
- (biology) Any flatworm of the class Turbellaria
(comparative more turbellarian, superlative most turbellarian)
- Characteristic of these creatures