One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the family Rhabditidae or the order Rhabditida of parasitic and (mainly) free-living nematodes characterized by a rhabditiform oesophagus.
A rhabditid nematode.
1920s; earliest use found in Journal of Parasitology. From rhabditis + -id, after scientific Latin Rhabditidae, family name, or (in later use) scientific Latin Rhabditida, order name.
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