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rhizocephalan

/ (ˌraɪzəʊˈsɛfələn) /
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noun

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 Also: rhizocephalous

of, relating to, or belonging to the order Rhizocephala

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Word Origin for rhizocephalan

C19: from New Latin Rhizocephala (literally: root-headed), from rhizo- + -cephala from Greek kephalē head
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