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

  • adj. Growing, living, or burrowing in sand: arenicolous worms.

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  • adj. living or burrowing in sand

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. growing or living or burrowing in sand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology, inhabiting sand, as certain worms. See Arenicola.

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

  • adj. growing or living or burrowing in sand


Latin harēna, arēna, sand; see arena + -colous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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