from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun plural (Zoöl.) An order of Protozoa, allied to the Rhizopoda, and parasitic in other animals, as in the earthworm, lobster, etc. When adult, they have a small, wormlike body inclosing a nucleus, but without external organs; in one of the young stages, they are amœbiform; -- called also
Gregarinida, and Gregarinaria.
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We know to-day of a great number of these little beings, such as the gregarinae, flagellata, acineta, infusoria, etc.