a polychaete worm, Eunice viridis, 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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First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for palolo worm
/ (pəˈləʊləʊ) /
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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