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spiny-headed worm


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

  • n. Any of various worms of the phylum Acanthocephala that live parasitically in the intestines of vertebrates and are characterized by a cylindrical, retractile proboscis that bears many rows of hooked spines. Also called acanthocephalan.

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


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