par·​ag·​nath | \ ˈparə̇gˌnath \
plural -s

Definition of paragnath

1 : one of a pair of foliose lobes of the metastoma lying behind the mandibles in most crustaceans
2 : one of the paired lobes of the hypopharynx in various insects
3 : one of the small horny toothlike jaws of various annelids

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History and Etymology for paragnath

International Scientific Vocabulary para- entry 1 + Greek gnathos jaw

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“Paragnath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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