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- n. Plural form of epizoon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- External parasites or ectoparasites which live upon the surface or in the skin of the host: the opposite of Entozoa.
- Specifically, an order of very singular low aberrant Crustacea degraded by parasitism, including the many grotesque forms commonly known as fish-lice.
- [lowercase] Plural of epizoön.
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The epizoa generally lodge themselves in various parts of the plumage of birds; and almost every group of birds becomes the host of some specific or varietal form with distinct adaptations.
Almost every animal is a living poor-house, and harbors one or more species of _epizoa_ or _entozoa_, supplying them gratis, not only with a permanent home, but with all the necessaries and luxuries of life.
"fittest" -- which many take to mean "best" or "highest" -- whereas natural selection may work towards degradation: vide epizoa.