carcinoecium

noun car·ci·noe·ci·um \ˌkärsəˈnēs(h)ēəm\

Definition of carcinoecium

plural

carcinoecia

\-s(h)ēə\
  1. :  a colony of zoanthidean anemones (genus Epizoanthus) enclosing a hermit crab after dissolving the shell in which the crab lodged

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Origin and Etymology of carcinoecium

New Latin, from carcin- + -oecium (from Greek oikion house, nest, diminutive of oikos house) — more at vicinity


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