ACANTHOCEPHALAN

acanthocephalan, spiny-headed worm

(noun) any of various worms living parasitically in intestines of vertebrates having a retractile proboscis covered with many hooked spines

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

acanthocephalan (plural acanthocephalans)

Any of parasitic intestinal worms comprising the phylum Acanthocephala. [First attested late 19th c.]

Synonyms

• (any species of Acanthocephala): spiny-headed worm, thorny-headed worm

Adjective

acanthocephalan

In a manner similar to Acanthocephala. [First attested late 19th c.]

Source: Wiktionary



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Word of the Day

29 February 2024

INGENIOUSLY

(adverb) in an ingenious manner; “a Hampshire farmer had fowls of different breeds, including Dorkings, and he discriminated ingeniously between the ‘dark ones’ and the ‘white ones’”


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