Megascolecidae

plural noun
Mega·​sco·​lec·​i·​dae

Definition of Megascolecidae

: a very large family of earthworms chiefly of the southern hemisphere containing giant forms that include an Australian species (Megascolides australis) held to reach a length of 11 feet

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History and Etymology for Megascolecidae

New Latin, from Megascolec-, Megascolex, type genus (from mega- + Greek skōlēk-, skōlēx worm) + -idae

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“Megascolecidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Megascolecidae. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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