plural noun

: a group of marine worms of obscure position that are classed as a division of Gephyrea and that somewhat resemble the Sipunculoidea from which they are distinguished by the absence of tentacles and usually by the presence of caudal gills

Word History


New Latin, from Priapulus, genus of marine worms (from priapus phallus + -ulus -ule) + -oidea

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“Priapuloidea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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