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Tardigrada

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tardigrada

1. (Science: zoology) A tribe of edentates comprising the sloths. They are noted for the slowness of their movements when on the ground. See sloth.

2. (Science: zoology) An order of minute aquatic arachnids.

Synonym: bear animalcules, sloth animalcules, and water bears.

Origin: NL. See Tardigrade.