Any of various microscopic aquatic invertebrate animals of the phylum Rotifera, having at the head end a wheellike ring of cilia used for feeding and locomotion.
[From New Latin Rotifera, phylum name : Latin rota, wheel; see ROTA + Latin -fer, -fer.]
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