amphioxus

[ am-fee-ok-suh s ]
/ ˌæm fiˈɒk səs /
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noun, plural am·phi·ox·i [am-fee-ok-sahy] /ˌæm fiˈɒk saɪ/, am·phi·ox·us·es.

Zoology. lancelet.

Nearby words

  1. amphimarus,
  2. amphimixis,
  3. amphinome,
  4. amphinomus,
  5. amphion,
  6. amphipathic,
  7. amphiphile,
  8. amphiploid,
  9. amphipod,
  10. amphipodous

Origin of amphioxus

1830–40; < New Latin: literally, sharp at both ends < Greek amphi- amphi- + oxýs pointed

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British Dictionary definitions for amphioxus

amphioxus

/ (ˌæmfɪˈɒksəs) /

noun plural -oxi (-ˈɒksaɪ) or -oxuses

another name for the lancelet

Word Origin for amphioxus

C19: from New Latin: both ends being sharp, from amphi- + Greek oxus sharp

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Science definitions for amphioxus

amphioxus

[ ăm′fē-ŏksəs ]

See lancelet.
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