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noun (1)

plural microchaetae
: a small bristle on the body of some insects (as many two-winged flies)
distinguished from macrochaeta


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noun (2)

: a genus of earthworms of which one southern African form (M. rappi) reaches a length of five feet

Word History


Noun (1)

New Latin, from micr- + chaeta

Noun (2)

New Latin, from micr- + -chaeta

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“Microchaeta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microchaeta. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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