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spiny-headed worm

[ spahy-nee-hed-id ]
/ ˈspaɪ niˌhɛd ɪd /
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noun
any of a small group of endoparasites of the phylum Acanthocephala, as larvae parasitic in insects and crustaceans and as adults in various vertebrates.
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Origin of spiny-headed worm

First recorded in 1945–50
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Scientific definitions for spiny-headed worm

spiny-headed worm
[ spīnē-hĕd′ĭd ]

See acanthocephalan.
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