am·​mo·​coe·​tes | \ ˌaməˈsētēz \
variants: or less commonly ammocoete \ ˈaməˌsēt \
plural ammocoetes\ ˌaməˈsētēz , ˈaməˌsēts \

Definition of ammocoetes

: the larva of any of various lampreys

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Other Words from ammocoetes

ammocoetid \ ¦amə¦sētə̇d \ noun or adjective
ammocoetoid \ -​¦seˌtȯid \ adjective

First Known Use of ammocoetes

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ammocoetes

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

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“Ammocoetes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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