Definition of capitellid in English:

capitellid

adjective

Zoology
  • Of or relating to the family Capitellidae of sedentary marine polychaete worms.

noun

Zoology
  • 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.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

capitellid

/kapɪˈtɛlɪd/