One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the family Capitellidae of sedentary marine polychaete worms.
A polychaete worm of the family Capitellidae, especially one of the genus Capitella such as the bamboo or gallery worm, C. capitata, much used in genetic studies.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Patrick Geddes (1854–1932), social evolutionist and city planner. From scientific Latin Capitella, genus name + -id, after scientific Latin Capitellidae, family name.
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