: a genus of small leechlike oligochaete worms parasitic on the gills of crayfishes

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Greek bdélla "leech" + New Latin drilus "earthworm" (sense extrapolated from Greek drîlos "penis with the foreskin withdrawn, circumcised penis")

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“Bdellodrilus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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