Bal·​a·​no·​glos·​sus | \ -səs \

Definition of Balanoglossus

: 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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First Known Use of Balanoglossus

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Balanoglossus

New Latin, from balan- + -glossus (from Greek glōssa tongue)

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“Balanoglossus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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