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woodworm

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Pronunciation: /ˈwʊdwəːm
 
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Definition of woodworm in English:

noun

1The wood-boring larva of the furniture beetle.
Example sentences
  • However, the relatively soft woods of European furniture were no match for the humidity, tropical woodworms, and termites of Cuba.
  • The floors and doors on the main floor are of solid mahogany, which is impervious to tropical woodworms and termites.
  • Held in a prison cell, he called for the guards and got out seconds before the roof fell in - the story goes that the woodworms had ‘told’ him they were chewing through the beam.
1.1 [mass noun] The damaged condition of wood resulting from infestation with woodworm: buildings suffering from dampness, woodworm, and wood rot
More example sentences
  • Hemingway later blamed the damage on woodworm, a witty reference to absinthe's quasi - magical ingredient - wormwood.
  • Besides, the very roof of the church, damaged by a great storm in 1961, infested with woodworm and leaking in many places, was judged to be highly dangerous.
  • It has to be cut thickly (making individual panels rather heavy) and is prone to warping and damage by woodworm.

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