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 for branchia
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Branchia \Bran"chi*a\, n.; pl. Branchi[ae]. [L., fr. Gr. ?,
     pl. of ?.] (Anat.)
     A gill; a respiratory organ for breathing the air contained
     in water, such as many aquatic and semiaquatic animals have.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  branchia
      n 1: respiratory organ of aquatic animals that breathe oxygen
           dissolved in water [syn: gill, branchia]

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