spiny-headed worm


spiny-head·​ed worm ˈspī-nē-ˌhe-dəd- How to pronounce spiny-headed worm (audio)
: any of a small phylum (Acanthocephala) of unsegmented parasitic worms that have a proboscis bearing hooks by which attachment is made to the intestinal wall of the host

Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spiny-headed worm was in 1946

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“Spiny-headed worm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiny-headed%20worm. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

spiny-headed worm

spiny-head·​ed worm ˌspī-nē-ˌhed-əd- How to pronounce spiny-headed worm (audio)

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