plural carcinoecia
: a colony of zoanthidean anemones (genus Epizoanthus) enclosing a hermit crab after dissolving the shell in which the crab lodged

Word History


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

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“Carcinoecium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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