Serpula

Ser"pu*la

(?), n.;
pl. Serpul (#), E. Serpulas (#).
[L., a little snake. See Serpent.] (Zol.) Any one of numerous species of tubicolous annelids of the genus Serpula and allied genera of the family Serpulid. They secrete a calcareous tube, which is usually irregularly contorted, but is sometimes spirally coiled. The worm has 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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Ser*pu"li*an

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Ser*pu"li*dan

(?), } n. (Zol.) A serpula.
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