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am·phi·ox·us

 (ăm′fē-ŏk′səs)
n.

[amphi- + Greek oxus, sharp; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

amphioxus

(ˌæmfɪˈɒksəs)
n, pl -oxi (-ˈɒksaɪ) or -oxuses
(Animals) another name for the lancelet
[C19: from New Latin: both ends being sharp, from amphi- + Greek oxus sharp]

lance•let

(ˈlæns lɪt, ˈlɑns-)

n.
any small, lancet-shaped burrowing marine animal of the subphylum Cephalochordata, having a notochord and numerous gill slits. Also called amphioxus.
[1565–75]

am·phi·ox·us

(ăm′fē-ŏk′səs)
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Noun1.amphioxus - small translucent lancet-shaped burrowing marine animalamphioxus - small translucent lancet-shaped burrowing marine animal; primitive forerunner of the vertebrates
cephalochordate - fish-like animals having a notochord rather than a true spinal column
genus Amphioxus - type genus of the Amphioxidae