ammocoete

ammocete

[am-uh-seet]
noun
the larval stage of a lamprey.
Also, ammocoete.


Origin:
1855–60; < Neo-Latin ammocoetes literally, something bedded in sand < Greek ámmo(s) sand + koítē bed

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ammocoete (ˈæməˌsiːt)
 
n
the larva of primitive jawless vertebrates, such as the lamprey, that lives buried in mud and feeds on microorganisms
 
[C19: from New Latin ammocoeteēs, literally: that lie in sand, from Greek ammos sand + koitē bed, from keisthai to lie]

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