hair-worm

hairworm

[hair-wurm]
noun
any small, slender worm of the family Trichostrongylidae, parasitic in the alimentary canals of various animals.

Origin:
1650–60; hair + worm

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hairworm (ˈhɛəˌwɜːm)
 
n
1.  any hairlike nematode worm of the family Trichostrongylidae, such as the stomach worm, parasitic in the intestines of vertebrates
2.  Also called: horsehair worm any very thin long worm of the phylum (or class) Nematomorpha, the larvae of which are parasitic in arthropods

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