Definition of Kinorhyncha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkʌɪnə(ʊ)ˈrɪŋkə/

plural noun

A small phylum of minute marine invertebrates that have a spiny body and burrow in sand or mud.
Example sentences
  • I was assigned the Kinorhyncha, Tardigrada and Priapulida as topics to present.
  • The fine structure of the mouth cone, the introvert with scalids, and the circumenteric brain indicate that this meiofaunal phylum is monophyletic, related to Kinorhyncha and Priapulida.
  • The Kinorhyncha are microscopic, spiny-headed worms.



Pronunciation: /ˈkʌɪnə(ʊ)rɪŋk/
Example sentences
  • However, one part of that group - the priapulids, kinorhynchs, and loriciferans - appears to form a group in its own right.
  • The kinorhynch body is divided into 3 regions: head (= introvert), very short neck, and trunk.
  • Discovered in 1983, these tiny worms have a spiny head, and so resemble the kinorhynchs to which they are related.


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek kinein 'set in motion' + rhunkos 'snout'.

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Line breaks: Kino|rhyncha

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