Palolo
Palolo Pa*lo"lo, n., or Palolo worm Palolo worm . [From native name.] (Zo["o]l.) A polystome worm ({Palolo viridis}) that burrows in the coral reefs of certain of the Pacific Islands. A little before the last quarter of the moon in October and November, they swarm in vast numbers at the surface of the sea for breeding, and are gathered and highly esteemed as food by the natives. An allied species inhabits the tropical Atlantic and swarms in June or July.

Note: In the 1890 Webster, called {palola} and {Palola viridis}. A misspelling? [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • palolo — ● palolo nom masculin Annélide errante comestible des récifs coralliens de Polynésie, dont les individus, sexués à certaines dates en rapport avec le cycle lunaire, montent en surface, ce qui permet d en faire une pêche fructueuse …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • palolo — /peuh loh loh/, n., pl. palolos. See palolo worm. [1890 95; < Samoan or Tongan] * * * …   Universalium

  • palolo — pa·lo·lo …   English syllables

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  • Palolo viridis — Palolo Pa*lo lo, n., or Palolo worm Palolo worm . [From native name.] (Zo[ o]l.) A polystome worm ({Palolo viridis}) that burrows in the coral reefs of certain of the Pacific Islands. A little before the last quarter of the moon in October and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Palolo worm — Palolo Pa*lo lo, n., or Palolo worm Palolo worm . [From native name.] (Zo[ o]l.) A polystome worm ({Palolo viridis}) that burrows in the coral reefs of certain of the Pacific Islands. A little before the last quarter of the moon in October and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palolo worm — a polychaete worm, Eunice viridis, that lives in burrows among the coral reefs of several South Pacific islands, producing sperm or eggs in posterior segments that are cast off periodically in enormous numbers. [1890 95] * * * ▪ polychaete  any… …   Universalium

  • Palolo worm — Taxobox image caption = image width = 250px status = DD | status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Animalia phylum = Annelida classis = Polychaeta ordo = Eunicida familia = Eunicidae genus = Palola species = P. viridis binomial = Palola viridis binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • palolo worm — /pəˈloʊloʊ wɜm/ (say puh lohloh werm) noun a marine, polychaete, annelid worm of the southern Pacific, Leodice viridis, remarkable for the constancy with which it breeds, breaking off the posterior part of the body in the process, on the day of… …   Australian English dictionary

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