serpula

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Etymology[edit]

Latin, a little snake. See serpent.

Noun[edit]

serpula (plural serpulas or serpulae)

  1. (zoology) Any of numerous species of tubicolous annelids of the genus Serpula and allied genera of the family Serpulidae that secrete a calcareous tube, usually irregularly contorted, but sometimes spirally coiled, with 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.

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