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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kan-thuh-sef-uh-luh n]
    • /əˌkæn θəˈsɛf ə lən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kan-thuh-sef-uh-luh n]
    • /əˌkæn θəˈsɛf ə lən/

Definitions of acanthocephalan word

  • noun acanthocephalan any of the parasitic wormlike invertebrates of the phylum Acanthocephala, the adults of which have a spiny proboscis and live in the intestines of vertebrates 3
  • adjective acanthocephalan of, relating to, or belonging to the Acanthocephala 3
  • noun acanthocephalan any of a phylum (Acanthocephala) of intestinal worms, lacking a digestive tract and having a proboscis bearing rows of thornlike hooks 3
  • noun acanthocephalan any parasitic worm of the phylum or class Acanthocephala, having a proboscis covered with recurved hooks. 1
  • adjective acanthocephalan belonging or pertaining to the Acanthocephala. 1
  • noun acanthocephalan (zoology) Any of parasitic intestinal worms comprising the phylum Acanthocephala. (First attested late 19th c.)Brown, Lesley, ed. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 5th. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 1

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Origin of acanthocephalan

First appearance:

before 1905
One of the 15% newest English words
1905-10; < New Latin Acanthocephal(a), neuter plural of acanthocephalus (see acantho-, -cephalous) + -an

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acanthocephalan popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for acanthocephalan

noun acanthocephalan

  • spiny-headed worm — 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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