Xylotrya
Xylotrya Xy*lo"try*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. xy`lon wood + ? to rub, wear out.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of marine bivalves closely allied to Teredo, and equally destructive to timber. One species ({Xylotrya fimbriata}) is very common on the Atlantic coast of the United States. [1913 Webster]

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  • xylotrya — xy·lo·trya …   English syllables

  • xylotrya — ˌzīləˈ.trīə noun Usage: capitalized Etymology: New Latin, from xyl + Greek tryein to rub, wear out; akin to Greek tribein to rub, grind more at throw : a genus of marine bivalves that is closely related to and often included in Teredo and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Xylotrya fimbriata — Xylotrya Xy*lo try*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. xy lon wood + ? to rub, wear out.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of marine bivalves closely allied to Teredo, and equally destructive to timber. One species ({Xylotrya fimbriata}) is very common on the Atlantic coast… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shipworm — /ship werrm /, n. any of various wormlike marine bivalve mollusks that burrow into the timbers of ships, wharves, etc. [1770 80; SHIP + WORM] * * * or pileworm Any of approximately 65 species (family Teredidae) of common marine bivalves that can… …   Universalium

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