[am-fee-ok-suh s]

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

Zoology. lancelet.

Origin of amphioxus

1830–40; < New Latin: literally, sharp at both ends < Greek amphi- amphi- + oxýs pointed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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See lancelet.
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