tubifex worm
noun Etymology: New Latin Tubific-, Tubifex, from Latin tubus tube + facere to make — more at do Date: 1948 any of a genus (Tubifex) of slender reddish tubificid worms that live in tubes in fresh or brackish water, are widely used as food for aquarium fish, and serve as a host for the protozoan causing whirling disease in fish — called also tubifex

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  • tubifex — noun see tubifex worm …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Tubifex tubifex — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • tubifex — /tooh beuh feks , tyooh /, n., pl. tubifexes, (esp. collectively) tubifex. any common, bottom dwelling worm of the genus Tubifex, often used as food for aquarium fish. Also called red worm. [ < NL (1816); see TUBI , FEX] * * * …   Universalium

  • tubifex — [ tju:bɪfɛks] noun a small red annelid worm that lives in fresh water, partly buried in the mud. [Genus Tubifex.] Origin mod. L., from L. tubus tube + fex from facere make …   English new terms dictionary

  • tubifex — tu•bi•fex [[t]ˈtu bəˌfɛks, ˈtyu [/t]] n. pl. fex•es, (esp. collectively) fex. ivt any small bottom dwelling annelid worm of the genus Tubifex, often used as food for aquarium fish • Etymology: < NL (1816); see tube, i , fex …   From formal English to slang

  • tubifex — n. any red annelid worm of the genus Tubifex, found in mud at the bottom of rivers and lakes and used as food for aquarium fish. Etymology: mod.L f. L tubus tube + fex f. facere make …   Useful english dictionary

  • sludgeworm — [sluj′wʉrm΄] n. a small, freshwater tubifex worm (Tubifex tubifex) able to live in very low oxygen concentrations, as in sewage sludges and other bottom muds rich in organic matter …   English World dictionary

  • bloodworm — n. 1 any of a variety of bright red midge larvae. 2 a small tubifex worm used as food for aquarium fish …   Useful english dictionary

  • Myxobolus cerebralis — Triactinomyxon stage of Myxobolus cerebralis. Note the three tails . Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • annelid — /an l id/, n. 1. any segmented worm of the phylum Annelida, including the earthworms, leeches, and various marine forms. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the Annelida. Also, annelidan /euh nel i dn/. [1825 35; see ANNELIDA] * * * Any member of… …   Universalium

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