One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of numerous parasitic wormlike animals of the crustacean class Pentastomida (often regarded as a distinct phylum or subphylum), which infest the lungs and nasal passages of vertebrates.
Of or relating to pentastomids, or the class Pentastomida.
Early 20th century. From scientific Latin Pentastomida, class name from Pentastoma, genus name + -ida.
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