plural -s
: the anterior sexless part of certain polychaete worms from which grows the sexual portion compare epitoke
atokous adjective
or less commonly atocous
or atokal

Word History


Greek atokos without offspring, from a- a- entry 2 + tokos childbirth, offspring; akin to Greek teknon child

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“Atoke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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