Proteocephalus

noun
Pro·​teo·​ceph·​a·​lus

Definition of Proteocephalus

: a very large genus comprising tapeworms parasitic in the intestines of various fishes and being the type of the family Proteocephalidae

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History and Etymology for Proteocephalus

New Latin, from Proteus, sea god who could assume different shapes (from Latin) + New Latin -cephalus

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“Proteocephalus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Proteocephalus. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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