from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various large marine polychaete worms of the genus Aphrodite, especially A. aculeata, having a flattened elliptic body with overlapping scales covered by long hairs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A marine dorsibranchiate annelid of the family Aphroditidæ.
  • noun Same as sand-mouse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • A dorsibranchiate annelid, belonging to Aphrodite and allied genera, having long, slender, hairlike setæ on the sides.
  • The dunlin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A marine polychaete worm (genus Aphrodita) with the body covered in a dense mat of setae.
  • noun The dunlin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of several large worms having a broad flattened body with a mat of coarse hairs covering the back


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Perhaps because it resembles a bedraggled mouse when washed up on shore.


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