tubeworm

[toob-wurm, tyoob-]
noun Zoology.
any of various marine worms that produce and inhabit a tube, some being adapted to a hydrothermal vent environment.
Also, tube worm.


Origin:
1925–30; tube + worm

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To tubeworm
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: tubesnout
Next Definition: tubfish
Words Near: tubeworm
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for tubeworm
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing tubeworm
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Example sentences
The bacteria produce food that provides nutrition to the tubeworm.
The larger ones actually sit with the upper end of the tubeworm inside the clam.
During a tubeworm bush collection, the net is lowered over the top of a
  tubeworm bush with the mechanical arm of the submersible.
The bacteria produce organic molecules that provide nutrition to the tubeworm.
Image for tubeworm
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature