hair eel
Gordius Gor"di*us, n. [NL. See {Gordian}, 1.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of long, slender, nematoid worms, parasitic in insects until near maturity, when they leave the insect, and live in water, in which they deposit their eggs; -- called also {hair eel}, {hairworm}, and {hair snake}, from the absurd, but common and widely diffused, notion that they are metamorphosed horsehairs. [1913 Webster]

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