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An arachnid of the order Phalangida (formerly called Phalangidea, also called Opiliones); a harvestman.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alpheus Packard (1839–1905). From scientific Latin Phalangium, genus name + -id. Compare scientific Latin † Phalangidea, former order name (coined as a family name by W. E. Leach), Phalangida, order name, French phalangides, plural.
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