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Dracunculus

Pronunciation: dra-kung'kyu-lus

Definition: A genus of nematodes (superfamily Dracunculoidea) that have some resemblances to true filarial worms; however, adults are larger (females being as long as 1 m), and the intermediate host is a freshwater crustacean rather than an insect.

[L. dim. of draco, serpent]

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