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annelid worm

  • noun worms with cylindrical bodies segmented both internally and externally
    annelid; annelid worm.
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Apple worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of a small moth (Carpocapsa pomonella) which burrows in the interior of apples. See Codling moth.
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army worm

  • noun noctuid moth larvae that travel in multitudes destroying especially grass and grain
    armyworm; Pseudaletia unipuncta.
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Ar"my worm`
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  1. (Zoöl.) (a) A lepidopterous insect, which in the larval state often travels in great multitudes from field to field, destroying grass, grain, and other crops. The common army worm of the northern United States is Leucania unipuncta. The name is often applied to other related species, as the cotton worm. (b) The larva of a small two-winged fly (Sciara), which marches in large companies, in regular order. See Cotton worm, under Cotton.
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Basket worm

  • (Zoöl.), a lepidopterous insect of the genus Thyridopteryx and allied genera, esp. T. ephemeræformis. The larva makes and carries about a bag or basket-like case of silk and twigs, which it afterwards hangs up to shelter the pupa and wingless adult females.
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beard worm

  • noun slender animal with tentacles and a tubelike outer covering; lives on the deep ocean bottom
    pogonophoran.
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Belly worm

  • a worm that breeds or lives in the belly (stomach or intestines). Johnson.
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Bladder worm

  • noun encysted saclike larva of the tapeworm
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  • (Zoöl.), the larva of any species of tapeworm (Tænia), found in the flesh or other parts of animals. See Measle, Cysticercus.
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Brine shrimp, Brine worm

  • (Zoöl.), a phyllopod crustacean of the genus Artemia, inhabiting the strong brines of salt works and natural salt lakes. See Artemia.
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Cabbage worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of several species of moths and butterfies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is usully the larva of a white butterfly. See Cabbage Butterfly, above. The cabbage cutworms, which eat off the stalks or young plants during the night, are the larvæ of several species of moths, of the genus Agrotis. See Cutworm.
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can of worms

  • noun a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity
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Clover worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of a small moth (Asopia costalis), often very destructive to clover hay.
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Cotton worm

  • (Zool.), a lepidopterous insect (Aletia argillacea), which in the larval state does great damage to the cotton plant by eating the leaves. It also feeds on corn, etc., and hence is often called corn worm, and Southern army worm.
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Currant worm

  • (Zoöl.), an insect larva which eats the leaves or fruit of the currant. The most injurious are the currant sawfly (Nematus ventricosus), introduced from Europe, and the spanworm (Eufitchia ribearia). The fruit worms are the larva of a fly (Epochra Canadensis), and a spanworm (Eupithecia).
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Cystic worm

  • (Zoöl.), a larval tape worm, as the cysticercus and echinococcus.
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dew worm

  • noun terrestrial worm that burrows into and helps aerate soil; often surfaces when the ground is cool or wet; used as bait by anglers
    earthworm; angleworm; dew worm; fishworm; wiggler; nightwalker; fishing worm; nightcrawler; crawler.
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fishing worm

  • noun terrestrial worm that burrows into and helps aerate soil; often surfaces when the ground is cool or wet; used as bait by anglers
    earthworm; angleworm; dew worm; fishworm; wiggler; nightwalker; fishing worm; nightcrawler; crawler.
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Flesh worm

  • (Zoöl.), any insect larva of a flesh fly. See Flesh fly (above).
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Fruit worm

  • (Zoöl.), one of numerous species of insect larvæ: which live in the interior of fruit. They are mostly small species of Lepidoptera and Diptera.
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galley-worm

Gal"ley-worm` noun
Etymology
Prob. so called because the numerous legs along the sides move rhythmically like the oars of a galley.
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) A chilognath myriapod of the genus Iulus, and allied genera, having numerous short legs along the sides; a milliped or "thousand legs." See Chilognatha.
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Gold worm

  • a glowworm. Obs.
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Gooseberry worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of a small moth (Dakruma convolutella). It destroys the gooseberry by eating the interior.
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Grain worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of the grain moth. See grain moth, above.
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Grape worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of the grape moth.
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grugru worm

Gru"gru worm"
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  1. (Zoöl.) The larva or grub of a large South American beetle (Calandra palmarum), which lives in the pith of palm trees and sugar cane. It is eaten by the natives, and esteemed a delicacy.
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Guinea worm

  • noun a painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human's abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person's skin
    dracunculiasis; Guinea worm.
  • noun parasitic roundworm of India and Africa that lives in the abdomen or beneath the skin of humans and other vertebrates
    Dracunculus medinensis.
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  • (Zoöl.), a long and slender African nematoid worm (Filaria Medinensis) of a white color. It lives in the cellular tissue of man, beneath the skin, and produces painful sores.
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guinea worm disease

  • noun a painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human's abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person's skin
    dracunculiasis; Guinea worm.
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Horsehair worm

  • (Zoöl.), the hair worm or gordius.
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Intestinal worm

  • (Zoöl.), any species of helminth living in the intestinal canal of any animal. The species are numerous.
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Juniper worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of a geometrid moth (Drepanodes varus). It feeds upon the leaves of the juniper, and mimics the small twigs both in form and color, in a remarkable manner.
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Meal worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of a beetle (Tenebrio molitor) which infests granaries, bakehouses, etc., and is very injurious to flour and meal.
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Measuring worm

  • noun small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae
    inchworm; looper.
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  • (Zoöl.), the larva of any geometrid moth. See Geometrid.
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nematode worm

  • noun unsegmented worms with elongated rounded body pointed at both ends; mostly free-living but some are parasitic
    roundworm; nematode.
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oligochaete worm

  • noun hermaphroditic terrestrial and aquatic annelids having bristles borne singly along the length of the body
    oligochaete.
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Palisade worm

  • (Zoöl.), a nematoid worm (Strongylus armatus), parasitic in the blood vessels of the horse, in which it produces aneurisms, often fatal.
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Palm worm, ∨ Palmworm

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) The larva of a palm weevil . (b) A centipede.
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parasitic worm

  • noun worm that is parasitic on the intestines of vertebrates especially roundworms and tapeworms and flukes
    helminth.
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peanut worm

  • noun small unsegmented marine worm that when disturbed retracts its anterior portion into the body giving the appearance of a peanut
    sipunculid.
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Phlox worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of an American moth (Heliothis phloxiphaga). It is destructive to phloxes.
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polychaete worm

  • noun chiefly marine annelids possessing both sexes and having paired appendages (parapodia) bearing bristles
    polychete; polychaete worm; polychaete.
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polychete worm

  • noun chiefly marine annelids possessing both sexes and having paired appendages (parapodia) bearing bristles
    polychete; polychaete worm; polychaete.
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Potato worm

  • noun large green white-striped hawkmoth larva that feeds on tomato and potato plants; similar to tobacco hornworm
    tomato hornworm; Manduca quinquemaculata.
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  • (Zoöl.), the large green larva of a sphinx, or hawk moth (Macrosila quinquemaculata); called also tomato worm. See Illust. under Tomato.
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proboscis worm

  • noun soft unsegmented marine worms that have a threadlike proboscis and the ability to stretch and contract
    nemertean; proboscis worm; nemertine.
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railroad worm

  • noun larvae bore into and feed on apples
    Rhagoletis pomonella; apple maggot.
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red worm

  • noun terrestrial worm that burrows into and helps aerate soil; often surfaces when the ground is cool or wet; used as bait by anglers
    earthworm; angleworm; dew worm; fishworm; wiggler; nightwalker; fishing worm; nightcrawler; crawler.
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ribbon worm

  • noun soft unsegmented marine worms that have a threadlike proboscis and the ability to stretch and contract
    nemertean; proboscis worm; nemertine.
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Ribborn worm

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) A tapeworm . (b) A nemertean.
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Ringed worm

  • (Zoöl.), an annelid.
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Screw worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of an American fly (Compsomyia macellaria), allied to the blowflies, which sometimes deposits its eggs in the nostrils, or about wounds, in man and other animals, with fatal results.
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Seat worm

  • (Zoöl.), the pinworm.
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segmented worm

  • noun worms with cylindrical bodies segmented both internally and externally
    annelid; annelid worm.
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spiny-headed worm

  • noun any of various worms living parasitically in intestines of vertebrates having a retractile proboscis covered with many hooked spines
    acanthocephalan.
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Star worm

  • (Zoöl.), a gephyrean.
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Stomach worm

  • (Zoöl.), the common roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) found in the human intestine, and rarely in the stomach.
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Strawberry worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of any moth which feeds on the strawberry vine.
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Tank worm

  • (Zoöl.), a small nematoid worm found in the water tanks of India, supposed by some to be the young of the Guinea worm.
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Thorn-headed worm

  • (Zoöl.), any worm of the order Acanthocephala; called also thornhead.
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Timber worm

  • (Zoöl.), any larval insect which burrows in timber.
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To worm one's self into

  • to enter into gradually by arts and insinuations; as, to worm one's self into favor.
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Tobacco worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of a large hawk moth (Sphinx, ∨ Phlegethontius, Carolina). It is dark green, with seven oblique white stripes bordered above with dark brown on each side of the body. It feeds upon the leaves of tobacco and tomato plants, and is often very injurious to the tobacco crop. See Illust. of Hawk moth.
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Tomato worm

  • noun large green white-striped hawkmoth larva that feeds on tobacco and related plants; similar to tomato hornworm
    Manduca sexta; tobacco hornworm.
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  • (Zoöl.), the larva of a large hawk moth (Sphinx, ∨ Macrosila, quinquemaculata) which feeds upon the leaves of the tomato and potato plants, often doing considerable damage. Called also potato worm.
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tongue worm

  • noun wormlike arthropod having two pairs of hooks at the sides of the mouth; parasitic in nasal sinuses of mammals
    pentastomid.
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trematode worm

  • noun parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a host
    fluke; trematode.
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Truffle worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of a fly of the genus Leiodes, injurious to truffles.
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velvet worm

  • noun any of numerous velvety-skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid worms
    peripatus; onychophoran.
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vinegar worm

  • noun minute eelworm that feeds on organisms that cause fermentation in e.g. vinegar
    Turbatrix aceti; vinegar eel; Anguillula aceti.
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Wood worm

  • (Zoöl.), a larva that bores in wood; a wood borer.
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Worm abscess

  • (Med.), an abscess produced by the irritation resulting from the lodgment of a worm in some part of the body.
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worm family

  • noun a family of worms
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Worm fence

  • noun rail fence consisting of a zigzag of interlocking rails
    snake fence; snake-rail fence; Virginia fence.
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  • . See under Fence.
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worm fish

  • noun poorly known family of small tropical shallow-water fishes related to gobies
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Worm gear

  • noun gear consisting of a shaft with screw thread (the worm) that meshes with a toothed wheel (the worm wheel); changes the direction of the axis of rotary motion
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  • . (Mach.) (a) A worm wheel. (b) Worm gearing.
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Worm gearing

  • gearing consisting of a worm and worm wheel working together.
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worm genus

  • noun a genus of worms
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Worm grass

  • . (Bot.) (a) See Pinkroot, 2 (a) . (b) The white stonecrop (Sedum album) reputed to have qualities as a vermifuge. Dr. Prior.
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worm lizard

  • noun a lizard of the genus Amphisbaena; harmless wormlike limbless lizard of warm or tropical regions having concealed eyes and ears and a short blunt tail
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Worm oil

  • (Med.), an anthelmintic consisting of oil obtained from the seeds of Chenopodium anthelminticum.
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Worm powder

  • (Med.), an anthelmintic powder.
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worm salamander

  • noun any of several small slim salamanders of the Pacific coast of the United States
    slender salamander.
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Worm snake

  • noun wormlike burrowing snake of warm regions having vestigial eyes
    blind snake.
  • noun small reddish wormlike snake of eastern United States
    thunder snake; Carphophis amoenus.
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  • . (Zoöl.) See Thunder snake (b), under Thunder.
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Worm tea

  • (Med.), an anthelmintic tea or tisane.
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Worm tincture

  • (Med.), a tincture prepared from dried earthworms, oil of tartar, spirit of wine, etc. Obs.
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Worm wheel

  • noun gear with the thread of a worm
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  • a cogwheel having teeth formed to fit into the spiral spaces of a screw called a worm, so that the wheel may be turned by, or may turn, the worm; called also worm gear, and sometimes tangent wheel. See Illust. of Worm gearing, above.
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worm-eaten

  • adjective satellite infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms
    vermiculate; wormy.
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Worm"-eat`en adjective
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  1. Eaten, or eaten into, by a worm or by worms; as, worm-eaten timber.
    Concave as a covered goblet, or a worm-eaten nut. Shak.
  2. Worn-out; old; worthless. R. Sir W. Raleigh. -- Worm"-eat`en*ness, n. R. Dr. John Smith.
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worm-shaped

  • adjective satellite resembling a worm; long and thin and cylindrical
    vermiform.
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Worm"-shaped` adjective
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  1. Shaped like a worm; hick and almost cylindrical, but variously curved or bent; as, a worm-shaped root.
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worm-shell

Worm"-shell` noun
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) Any species of Vermetus.
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