noun Date: 1725 an insect larva (as of a furniture beetle) that bores especially in dead wood; also an infestation of woodworms

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  • Woodworm — Wood worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Wood worm}, under {Wood}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • woodworm — ► NOUN 1) the wood boring larva of a kind of small brown beetle. 2) the damaged condition of wood resulting from infestation with this larva …   English terms dictionary

  • woodworm — [[t]w ʊdwɜː(r)m[/t]] (The plural can be either woodworms or woodworm.) 1) N COUNT Woodworm are very small creatures which make holes in wood by eating it. 2) N UNCOUNT Woodworm is damage caused to wood, especially to the wooden parts of a house… …   English dictionary

  • Woodworm — A woodworm is not a specific species. It is the larval stage of certain wood boring beetles including:*Ambrosia beetles (Platypodidae, Scolytidae) *Bark borer beetle / Waney edge borer ( Ernobius mollis ) *Common furniture beetle ( Anobium… …   Wikipedia

  • woodworm — UK [ˈwʊdˌwɜː(r)m] / US [ˈwʊdˌwɜrm] noun Word forms woodworm : singular woodworm plural woodworms 1) [countable] a small insect that makes holes in wood 2) [uncountable] the damage to wood caused by woodworms …   English dictionary

  • woodworm — /wood werrm /, n. a worm or larva that breeds in or bores into wood. [1530 40; WOOD1 + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • woodworm — noun A beetle larva that bores into wood. Syn: deathwatch beetle, furniture beetle …   Wiktionary

  • woodworm — wood|worm [ˈwudwə:m US wə:rm] n 1.) a small insect that makes holes in wood 2.) [U] the damage that is caused to wood by this creature …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • woodworm — wood|worm [ wud,wɜrm ] noun 1. ) count a small insect that makes holes in wood 2. ) uncount the damage to wood caused by woodworms …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • woodworm — n. worm which lives in wood …   English contemporary dictionary

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