: a genus (the type of the family Amphilinidae) comprising the cestodarian worms with flat leaflike body and an anterior extensible proboscis compare gyrocotyle
adjective or noun

Word History


New Latin, from Greek amphilinos bound with flaxen thongs

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Amphilina was in 1875

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“Amphilina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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