Backworm
Backworm Back"worm`, n. [2d back, n. + worm.] A disease of hawks. See {Filanders}. --Wright. [1913 Webster]

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  • backworm — Filanders Fil an*ders, n. pl. [F. filandres, fr. L. filum thread.] (Falconry) A disease in hawks, characterized by the presence of small threadlike worms, also of filaments of coagulated blood, from the rupture of a vein; called also {backworm}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Filanders — Fil an*ders, n. pl. [F. filandres, fr. L. filum thread.] (Falconry) A disease in hawks, characterized by the presence of small threadlike worms, also of filaments of coagulated blood, from the rupture of a vein; called also {backworm}. Sir T.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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