shipworm
noun Date: circa 1778 any of various marine clams (especially family Teredinidae) that have a shell used for burrowing in submerged wood and a wormlike body and that cause damage to wharf piles and wooden ships

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  • Shipworm — Ship worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any long, slender, worm shaped bivalve mollusk of {Teredo} and allied genera. The shipworms burrow in wood, and are destructive to wooden ships, piles of wharves, etc. See {Teredo}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shipworm — [ship′wʉrm΄] n. any of a family (Teredinidae) of marine, bivalve mollusks with wormlike bodies: they burrow into and damage submerged wood, as of ships, pilings, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Shipworm — Taxobox name = Shipworm image caption = Teredo sp. regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Bivalvia (or Pelecypoda) ordo = Myoida familia = Teredinidae familia authority = Rafinesque, 1815 subdivision ranks = Genera subdivision = See… …   Wikipedia

  • shipworm — Teredo Te*re do, n.; pl. E. {Teredos}, L. {Teredines}. [L., a worm that gnaws wood, clothes, etc.; akin to Gr. ?, L. terere to rub.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of long, slender, wormlike bivalve mollusks which bore into submerged wood, such as the piles… …   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

  • shipworm — noun Any of several wormlike marine mollusks, of the family Teredinidae, that bore through the wooden hulls of ships and other woody material entering the sea. Old spars and water soaked timbers cast on the beach are full of the workings of the… …   Wiktionary

  • shipworm — noun another term for teredo …   English new terms dictionary

  • shipworm — ship•worm [[t]ˈʃɪpˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ivt any of various wormlike marine bivalve mollusks of the family Teredinidae, that burrow into the timbers of ships, wharves, etc • Etymology: 1770–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • shipworm — /ˈʃɪpwɜm/ (say shipwerm) noun any of various marine bivalve molluscs which burrow into the timbers of ships, mangroves, submerged logs, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • shipworm — n. = TEREDO …   Useful english dictionary

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