plural noun

: 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

Word History


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

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“Megascolecidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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