Definitions

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

  • n. A pear-shaped nematocyst that ejects a thick thread which coils around and immobilizes prey.

Etymologies

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

From Latin volvēns, volvent-, present participle of volvere, to turn; see volvox.

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