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Borrowed from Latin tunicatus, past participle of tunicare (“to clothe with a tunic”).
tunicate (plural tunicates)
- Any of very many chordate marine animals, of the subphyla Tunicata or Urochordata, including the sea squirts.
any of the chordate marine animals of the subphylum Tunicata
tunicate (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to these animals.
- (anatomy, botany) Enclosed in a tunic or mantle; covered or coated with layers.
- 1976, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift, New York: Avon, →ISBN, page 404:
- This tunicate withered hag the Señora had my financial number.
- (zoology) Having each joint buried in the preceding funnel-shaped one, as in certain antennae of insects.