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A genus of nematode worms (family Trichostrongylidae) which are intestinal parasites of various mammals (especially sheep and goats), causing disease particularly in lambs; (also nematodirus) a nematode of this genus.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Science. From scientific Latin Nematodirus from nemato- + ancient Greek δειρή (Attic δέρη) neck.
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