plural noun

: a cosmopolitan order (coextensive with a family Nectonematidae and genus Nectonema) of Nematomorpha comprising marine hairworms with a parasitic stage in various crustaceans, a double row of natatory bristles, and an expansive pseudocoel compare gordioidea

Word History


New Latin, from Nectonemat-, Nectonema (from nect- + -nema) + -oidea

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“Nectonematoidea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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