Definition of gapeworm in English:

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gapeworm

Pronunciation: /ˈɡāpwərm/

noun

A parasitic nematode worm that infests the trachea and bronchi of birds, causing the gapes.
  • Syngamus trachea, class Phasmida.
Example sentences
  • Necropsy reveals adult gapeworms obstructing the lumina of the trachea, bronchi, and lungs.
  • A common nematode of the respiratory tract is known as the gapeworm, or Syngamus trachea.
  • This is the gapeworm of poultry, found in the trachea of chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl and many species of wild birds.

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Syllabification: gape·worm

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