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  • n. Any of the Pentastomida, a group of parasitic invertebrates.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any species of Linguatulina.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A parasitic worm-like arachnid, Pentastomum tænioides, occurring in the viscera of cattle, sheep, and other animals, and in the nostrils and frontal sinuses of dogs and wolves.
  • n. A tongue-shaped worm; a tonguelet.
  • n. The so-called “worm” of the tongue of some animals, as dogs; the lytta.

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  • n. wormlike arthropod having two pairs of hooks at the sides of the mouth; parasitic in nasal sinuses of mammals


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tongue +‎ worm, from the resemblance of the genus Linguatula to a vertebrate tongue.


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