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hairworm

[hair-wurm] /ˈhɛərˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
any small, slender worm of the family Trichostrongylidae, parasitic in the alimentary canals of various animals.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; hair + worm
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Examples from the web for hairworm
  • Exactly how a hairworm parasitizes a cricket is unknown.
  • If it is in or near water when it emerges, the hairworm survives.
British Dictionary definitions for hairworm

hairworm

/ˈhɛəˌwɜːm/
noun
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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