Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient Greek prosody, a foot consisting in its fundamental form of five syllables, the first and fourth of which are short, and the second, third, and fifth long.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology, a genus of nematoid worms, of the family Strongylidæ. D. duodenalis is an intestinal parasite from which a large part of the population of Egypt suffer, often fatally. By means of its large, hard, and dentate mouth it pierces the intestinal mucous membrane and sucks the blood, the repeated bleedings thus caused resulting in what is known as Egyptian chlorosis. This formidable parasite is about four tenths of an inch long. Another species, D. trigonocephalus, infests dogs. Also called Ancylostoma, Anchylostoma.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Pros.) A foot of five syllables (usually � -- -� -).
- Latin, from Ancient Greek. (Wiktionary)
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