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rhizocephalous

[rahy-zoh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌraɪ zoʊˈsɛf ə ləs/
adjective, Zoology.
1.
belonging to the Rhizocephala, a group of degenerate hermaphrodite crustaceans that are parasitic chiefly on crabs.
Origin of rhizocephalous
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95; rhizo- + -cephalous
Related forms
rhizocephalan, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rhizocephalan

rhizocephalan

/ˌraɪzəʊˈsɛfələn/
noun
1.
any parasitic crustacean of the order Rhizocephala, esp Sacculina carcini, which has a saclike body and sends out absorptive processes into the body of its host, the crab: subclass Cirripedia (barnacles)
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the order Rhizocephala
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Rhizocephala (literally: root-headed), from rhizo- + -cephala from Greek kephalē head
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