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shipworm

[ship-wurm] /ˈʃɪpˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
any of various wormlike marine bivalve mollusks that burrow into the timbers of ship, wharves, etc.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; ship1 + worm
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  • Bacteria in a shipworm allow it to manufacture food from the nitrogen content in air.
  • Isolation and characterization of an alkaline protease from the marine shipworm bacterium.
  • The iron sleeves also protected the wooden pile from shipworm damage.
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shipworm

/ˈʃɪpˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
any wormlike marine bivalve mollusc of the genus Teredo and related genera and family Teredinidae. They bore into wooden piers, ships, etc, by means of drill-like shell valves See also piddock
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