Horsehair worm
Horsehair Horse"hair`, n. A hair of a horse, especially one from the mane or tail; the hairs of the mane or tail taken collectively; Specifically: a black shiny fabric made of such hairs, used commonly in the 1800's as a covering for stuffed furniture such as chairs and couches. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Horsehair worm} (Zo["o]l.), the hair worm or gordius. [1913 Webster]


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  • horsehair worm — n. GORDIAN WORM …   English World dictionary

  • horsehair worm — horse·hair worm .ha(ə)r , he(ə)r n any worm of the class or phylum Nematomorpha called also gordiacean, horsehair snake * * * Gordius …   Medical dictionary

  • horsehair worm — /hɔshɛə ˈwɜm/ (say hawshair werm) noun → hair worm. Also, horsehair snake …   Australian English dictionary

  • horsehair worm — any long, slender worm of the phylum Nematomorpha, developing parasitically on insects and crustaceans, and free living as adults in streams and ponds. Also called gordian worm, nematomorph. [1745 55] * * * or hairworm or gordian worm Any of… …   Universalium

  • horsehair worm — horse′hair worm n. ivt any long slender aquatic worm of the phylum Nematomorpha, developing parasitically on insects and crustaceans …   From formal English to slang

  • horsehair worm — noun see horsehair snake …   Useful english dictionary

  • horsehair worm — noun Date: circa 1753 hairworm 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Horsehair — Horse hair , n. A hair of a horse, especially one from the mane or tail; the hairs of the mane or tail taken collectively; Specifically: a black shiny fabric made of such hairs, used commonly in the 1800 s as a covering for stuffed furniture such …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horsehair snake — noun or horsehair worm : a free living adult gordioid worm * * * horsehair snake or horsehair worm, = hairworm. (Cf. ↑hairworm) …   Useful english dictionary

  • worm — wormer, n. wormlike, wormish, adj. /werrm/, n. 1. Zool. any of numerous long, slender, soft bodied, legless, bilaterally symmetrical invertebrates, including the flatworms, roundworms, acanthocephalans, nemerteans, gordiaceans, and annelids. 2.… …   Universalium

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