Definition of terebratulid in English:

terebratulid

noun

Zoology
  • A brachiopod of a mainly fossil order that originated in the Devonian, having a short pedicle and a calcareous loop supporting the tentacles.

    • ‘The present results suggest a more critical approach to ascertaining the meaning and relevance of the internal structures, in both fossil and recent terebratulids.’
    • ‘Despite their antiquity, living terebratulids are advanced organisms, able to out-perform molluscan bivalves in filter feeding efficiency under certain conditions.’
    • ‘We focused instead on the secondary fibrous layer by removing the outer primary layer-previous studies have shown that the outer layer of terebratulid shells has a lower concentration of organic material.’

Origin

1970s: from modern Latin Terebratulida, based on Latin terebrare to bore.

Pronunciation:

terebratulid

/ˌtɛrɪˈbratjʊlɪd/