Balanoglossus

noun

Bal·​a·​no·​glos·​sus
-səs
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Balanoglossus was in 1873

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“Balanoglossus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Balanoglossus. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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