Balanoglossus

noun Bal·a·no·glos·sus \-səs\

Definition of Balanoglossus

  1. :  a genus of marine burrowing wormlike animals that because of certain vertebratelike characters are not usually classed as chordates and made with certain closely related forms (such as Dolichoglossus) to constitute an order (Enteropneusta) of the Hemichorda

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Origin and Etymology of balanoglossus

New Latin, from balan- + -glossus (from Greek glōssa tongue) — more at gloss


First Known Use: 1873


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