Definition of sea squirt in English:

sea squirt


  • A marine tunicate that has a body with orifices through which water flows into and out of a central pharynx.

    Class Ascidiacea, subphylum Urochordata

    • ‘The question we need to ask is how the sea squirt got here.’
    • ‘The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make it its home for life.’
    • ‘Other more sophisticated jelly creatures include some mollusks and snails, and tunicates - sea squirts, salps and larvaceans.’
    • ‘After 4 weeks they are growing and surviving well, but are being fouled by growth of sea squirts and algae.’
    • ‘Because, in all honesty, the sea squirt doesn't really eat its own brain - it consumes and reuses its nervous system for new purposes.’