ac·​an·​thel·​la | \ -ˈthelə \
plural acanthellas\ -​ləz \ also acanthellae\ -​(ˌ)lē \

Definition of acanthella

1 : a transitional larva of the acanthocephalan intermediate between the acanthor and the juvenile infective form

called also preacanthella

2 : the juvenile infective form of an acanthocephalan

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First Known Use of acanthella

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acanthella

New Latin, from acanth- (from Acanthocephala) + -ella

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“Acanthella.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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