polychaete

noun
poly·​chaete | \ˈpä-lē-ˌkēt \

Definition of polychaete 

: any of a class (Polychaeta) of chiefly marine annelid worms (such as clam worms) usually with paired segmental appendages, separate sexes, and a free-swimming trochophore larva

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For at least 30 million years, bone-eating worms have been making their homes in the bodies of decomposing whales on the seabottom, but the rotting cetacean carcasses are not just food sources for the polychaetes. Brian Switek, WIRED, "The strange sex lives of bone-eating whaleworms," 23 Apr. 2010

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First Known Use of polychaete

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polychaete

ultimately from Greek polychaitēs having much hair, from poly- + chaitē long hair

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The first known use of polychaete was in 1891

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