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rhizocephalous

[rahy-zoh-sef-uh-luh s]
adjective Zoology.
  1. belonging to the Rhizocephala, a group of degenerate hermaphrodite crustaceans that are parasitic chiefly on crabs.
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Origin of rhizocephalous

First recorded in 1890–95; rhizo- + -cephalous
Related formsrhi·zo·ceph·a·lan, noun
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