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  • proper n. A taxonomic phylum within the superphylum Protostomia — the groundworms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plural proper n. A phylum of worms, having a long, round, and generally smooth body; the roundworms. They are mostly parasites, in plants and animals, but some are free-living in soil or water. Also called Nematoidea.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek νῆμα (nēma, "thread") + -oda, irregular form of -oidea.

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