ammocoetes

noun

am·​mo·​coe·​tes
ˌaməˈsētēz
variants or less commonly ammocoete
ˈaməˌsēt
plural ammocoetes
ˌaməˈsētēz,
ˈaməˌsēts
: the larva of any of various lampreys
ammocoetid
¦amə¦sētə̇d
noun or adjective
ammocoetoid
-¦seˌtȯid
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin Ammocoetes, former genus consisting of the ammocoetes, from amm- + -coetes (from Greek koitē bed, from keisthai to lie)

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ammocoetes was in 1856

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“Ammocoetes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ammocoetes. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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