Share this entry

screw worm Line breaks: screw worm

Definition of screw worm in English:


1A worm gear or other mechanical device bearing a screw.
2A large American blowfly larva which enters the wounds of mammals and sometimes humans, developing under the skin and often causing death. The adult fly is called the screw-worm fly.
  • Cochliomyia (or Callitroga) hominivorax, family Calliphoridae

Words that rhyme with screw worm


Definition of screw worm in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources