hairworm
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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  • hairworm — [her′wʉrm΄] n. GORDIAN WORM …   English World dictionary

  • hairworm — noun Date: 1658 1. any of a phylum (Nematomorpha) of elongated worms that have separate sexes, are parasitic in arthropods as larvae, and are free living in water as adults called also horsehair worm 2. any of a genus (Capillaria) of nematode… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hairworm — /hair werrm /, n. any small, slender worm of the family Trichostrongylidae, parasitic in the alimentary canals of various animals. [1650 60; HAIR + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • hairworm — See Trichostrongylus, Gordius. * * * hair·worm ha(ə)r .wərm, he(ə)r n 1) any nematode worm of the genus Capillaria 2) HORSEHAIR WORM * * * hair·worm (hārґwərm) threadworm …   Medical dictionary

  • hairworm — n. type of roundworm (parasitic worm) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hairworm — hair•worm [[t]ˈhɛərˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ivt any small, slender worm of the family Trichostrongylidae, parasitic in the alimentary canals of various animals …   From formal English to slang

  • hairworm — /ˈhɛəwɜm/ (say hairwerm) noun any of a number of small, slender worms of the family Trichostrongylidae, parasitic in the alimentary canals of various animals …   Australian English dictionary

  • hairworm — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : any of various very slender elongated worms: as a. : a worm of the nematode genus Capillaria b. : a worm of the order Gordioidea : horsehair snake …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nematomorpha — Paragordius tricuspidatus Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • Spinochordodes tellinii — Taxobox | name = Spinochordodes tellinii image width = 250px image caption = Spinochordodes tellinii with its bush cricket host ( Meconema thalassinum ) regnum = Animalia phylum = Nematomorpha classis = Gordioidea familia = Chordodidae genus =… …   Wikipedia

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