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noun
the worm Eunice viridis, a polychaete that lives in burrows among the coral reefs of several South Pacific islands, producing sperm or eggs in posterior segments that are cast off periodically in enormous numbers.
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Origin of palolo worm

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for palolo worm

palolo worm
/ (pəˈləʊləʊ) /

noun
any of several polychaete worms of the family Eunicidae, esp Eunice viridis, of the S Pacific Ocean: reproductive segments are shed from the posterior end of the body when breeding

Word Origin for palolo worm

C20 palolo, from Samoan or Tongan
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