Meaning of cryptobranchiate in English:

cryptobranchiate

adjective

Zoology
  • 1Designating aquatic invertebrates with concealed gills, especially certain nudibranch molluscs that are able to completely retract their gills; of or relating to such invertebrates.

  • 2rare = cryptobranch .

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Owen (1804–1892), comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. From crypto- + -branchiate.

Pronunciation

cryptobranchiate

/ˌkrɪptə(ʊ)ˈbraŋkɪeɪt/ /ˌkrɪptə(ʊ)ˈbraŋkɪət/