Branchellion

noun

Bran·​chel·​lion
braŋˈkelyən
: a genus of leeches with external gills along the sides of the body that are parasitic on fishes

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, alteration of Branchiobdellion, from branchi- + Greek bdella leech + -ion (diminutive suffix)

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“Branchellion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Branchellion. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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