from The Century Dictionary.
- Acanthocephalous: as, the thorn-headed worms (the members of the order Acanthocephala). See cut under
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Having a head armed with thorns or spines.
- adjective (Zoöl.) any worm of the order Acanthocephala; -- called also
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The different species of poultry are hosts for many different species of round-worms, thorn-headed worms and tapeworms.
The hog is the only specie of domestic animals that becomes a host for the thorn-headed worm.
The digestive juices free the larva, it then becomes attached to the intestinal mucous membrane and develops into the adult thorn-headed worm
_Cestoides_; _thorn-headed worms_ or _Acanthocephales_; and _round-worms_ or _Nematoids_.
_The Echinorhynchus gigas_ or _thorn-headed_ worm is the most dangerous of all intestinal worms (Fig. 74).