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rhizocephalous

[ rahy-zoh-sef-uh-luhs ]

adjective

, Zoology.
  1. belonging to the Rhizocephala, a group of degenerate hermaphrodite crustaceans that are parasitic chiefly on crabs.


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  • rhizo·cepha·lan noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rhizocephalous1

First recorded in 1890–95; rhizo- + -cephalous

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