plural acanthellas
also acanthellae
: a transitional larva of the acanthocephalan intermediate between the acanthor and the juvenile infective form

called also preacanthella

: the juvenile infective form of an acanthocephalan

Word History


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

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acanthella was in 1935

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“Acanthella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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