Definition of polyclad in English:

polyclad

adjective

Zoology
  • Of or relating to the order Polycladida of turbellarian flatworms, having a main intestine with more than four branches.

noun

Zoology
  • A polyclad flatworm.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in George Rolleston (1829–1881), physician and physiologist. From polyclad- (in scientific Latin Polycladidea or Polycladida, order (or suborder) names; from poly- + ancient Greek κλάδος branch + scientific Latin -idea and -ida, respectively: see -id). Compare Hellenistic Greek πολύκλαδος having many branches.

Pronunciation

polyclad

/ˈpɒlɪklad/