plural noun
Ophryo·​sco·​lec·​i·​dae | \ ¦äfrē(ˌ)ōskōˈlesəˌdē, ¦ōf- \

Definition of Ophryoscolecidae

: a large family of oligotrichous ciliates that are endocommensals in the stomach of ruminants where they break down starches and probably cellulose and presumably contribute protein to their hosts

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History and Etymology for Ophryoscolecidae

New Latin, from Ophryoscolec-, Ophryoscolex, type genus (from Greek ophrys + New Latin -o- + -scolec-, -scolex) + -idae

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“Ophryoscolecidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ophryoscolecidae. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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