One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Anatomy and Zoology. Of or relating to a mesentery of a vertebrate. Now rare.
2Zoology. Of or relating to a mesentery of a coelenterate or other invertebrate.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Tymme (d. 1620), translator and devotional writer. From mesentery + -al.
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