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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See spiny-headed worm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the Acanthocephala.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various worms living parasitically in intestines of vertebrates having a retractile proboscis covered with many hooked spines


From New Latin Acanthocephala, phylum name : acantho- + Greek kephalē, head; see -cephalous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἄκανθος (akanthos, "thorn") + κεφαλή (kephalē, "head") (Wiktionary)


  • Response to an avian predator and its isopod prey to an acanthocephalan parasite.

    Parasite Rex


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