One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of enigmatic fossil Cambrian invertebrates found in the Burgess Shale of Canada, whose single species, Opabinia regalis, constitutes a unique phylum, and is characterized by an elongated segmented body, five eyes, and a long flexible proboscis terminating in two groups of spines.
Early 20th century. From scientific Latin Opabinia, genus name from Opabin, the name of a pass between Mount Hungabee and Mount Biddle in British Columbia, Canada, where the fossil was discovered + scientific Latin -ia.
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