Definition of tube worm in English:

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tube worm


1A marine bristle worm, especially a fan worm, that lives in a tube made from sand particles or in a calcareous tube that it secretes.
  • Families Serpulidae and Sabellidae, phylum Polychaeta.
Example sentences
  • But he cherishes the occasional feather duster, a small tube worm that opens from live rock or other housing into a red and white umbrella of feathery tentacles, sifting the water for planktonic food.
  • The baleen acts as a filter or strainer retaining only the food, which the whale maneuvers with its tongue so the gammarid amphipods, tube worms, mollusks, and other bottom invertebrates can be swallowed.
  • During this first dive, the team did discover a garden possibly less than one year old with tiny tube worms, mussels and clams all living together.
1.1A pogonophoran or vestimentiferan worm.
Example sentences
  • The presence of vestimentiferan tube worm fossils in the Figueroa deposit is at odds with the supposed time of origin of the modern vestimentiferans, based on molecular data.
  • The Figueroa assemblage shares gastropods and vestimentiferan tube worms with both modern and other ancient vent communities, but is unique in containing rhynchonellide brachiopods.
  • ONE OF the most conspicuous groups of animals living in deep-sea chemosynthetic communities at hydrothermal vents are large vestimentiferan tube worms.

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