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- proper n. A taxonomic phylum within the superphylum Platyzoa — intestinal worms, having the proboscis armed with recurved spines.
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Coreidae — leaf-footed bugs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A group of intestinal worms, having the proboscis armed with recurved spines.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An order of worm-like internal parasites or entozoa, which have neither mouth nor alimentary canal, but have recurved hooks on a retractile proboscis at the anterior end of the body, by which they attach themselves to the tissues of animals.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. phylum or class of elongated wormlike parasites that live in the intestines of vertebrates: spiny-headed worms
From New Latin acanth, from Ancient Greek ἄκανθος (akanthos, "thorn") + New Latin cephala, from Ancient Greek κεφαλή (kephalē, "head") (Wiktionary)