Serpula : Definition


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Definitions of Serpula

Pronunciation : Ser"pu*la, n.; pl. Serpulæ
Part of Speech : E.
Etymology : [L., a little snake. See Serpent.] (Zoöl.)
Definition : Defn: Any one of numerous species of tubicolous annelids of the genus Serpula and allied genera of the family Serpulidæ. They secrete a calcareous tube, which is usually irregularly contorted, but is sometimes spirally coiled. The worm has a wreath of plumelike and often bright-colored gills around its head, and usually an operculum to close the aperture of its tube when it retracts.

Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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