from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A remarkable marine worm of the family Nereidæ, Palolo viridis, found in vast numbers in the Polynesian seas, and much used for food by the natives.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL.] A generic name of this worm, called Palolo viridis. Also Palola.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Zoöl.) A polystome worm (Palolo viridis) that burrows in the coral reefs of certain of the Pacific Islands. A little before the last quarter of the moon in October and November, they swarm in vast numbers at the surface of the sea for breeding, and are gathered and highly esteemed as food by the natives. An allied species inhabits the tropical Atlantic and swarms in June or July.


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