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WORM British & World English

Write-once read-many, denoting a type of memory device

worm British & World English

Any of a number of creeping or burrowing invertebrate animals with long, slender soft bodies and no limbs

worm English Thesaurus

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army worm British & World English

Any of a number of insect larvae which occur in destructive swarms, in particular:

dew worm British & World English

An earthworm, in particular one that is used as fishing bait

eye worm British & World English

Either of two parasitic nematode worms which affect the eyes of mammals:

fan worm British & World English

A tube-dwelling marine bristle worm which bears a fan-like crown of filaments that are typically brightly coloured and project from the top of the tube, filtering the water for food particles

glow-worm British & World English

A soft-bodied beetle with luminescent organs in the abdomen, especially the larvalike wingless female which emits light to attract the flying male

hair worm British & World English

Another term for horsehair worm.

slow-worm British & World English

A small snake-like Eurasian legless lizard that is typically brownish or copper-coloured and which gives birth to live young

span-worm British & World English

North American term for looper.

tube worm British & World English

A marine bristle worm, especially a fan worm, which lives in a tube made from sand particles or in a calcareous tube that it secretes

worm cast British & World English

A convoluted mass of soil, mud, or sand thrown up by an earthworm or lugworm on the surface after passing through the worm’s body

worm gear British & World English

A mechanical arrangement consisting of a toothed wheel worked by a short revolving cylinder (worm) bearing a screw thread

worm tube British & World English

The calcareous or sandy tube of some sedentary marine worms, such as fan worms

acorn worm British & World English

A burrowing worm-like marine animal of shallow waters. Its body consists of a proboscis, a collar, and a long trunk with gill slits, and contains a structure resembling a notochord

arrow worm British & World English

A slender transparent worm-like animal with fins, having spines on the head for grasping prey. It is common in marine plankton

caddis worm British & World English

The soft-bodied aquatic larva of a caddis fly, used as fishing bait

guinea worm British & World English

A very long parasitic nematode worm which lives under the skin of infected humans and other mammals in rural Africa and Asia

kidney worm British & World English

A parasitic nematode worm which infests the kidneys of mammals

mopane worm British & World English

The spotted caterpillar of a southern African moth, which feeds on mopane leaves and is a source of food for local people

palolo worm British & World English

A marine bristle worm which swarms in response to changes in light intensity, particularly that of the moon. The worm’s posterior segments detach themselves and swim to the surface where the reproductive cells are released into the sea

peanut worm British & World English

An unsegmented burrowing marine worm with a stout body and a slender retractable anterior part bearing a terminal mouth surrounded by tentacles

ribbon worm British & World English

A chiefly aquatic worm with an elongated, unsegmented, flattened body that is typically brightly coloured and tangled in knots, and a long proboscis for catching food

scale worm British & World English

A marine bristle worm with scales on the upper surface which have a protective function, and in some species are able to luminesce

screw worm British & World English

A worm gear or other mechanical device bearing a screw

tiger worm British & World English

Another term for brandling.

tongue worm British & World English

A flattened worm-like parasite which infests vertebrates, especially reptiles, having a sucking mouth with hooks for attachment to the lining of the respiratory tract

velvet worm British & World English

An onychophoran

white worm British & World English

A burrowing marine bristle worm which is bluish-white with iridescent pink shading and a grey dorsal line

worm-eaten British & World English

(Of organic tissue) eaten into by worms

worm grass British & World English

American wormseed

worm lizard British & World English

A subterranean burrowing reptile which resembles an earthworm, being blind, apparently segmented, and typically without limbs

worm shell British & World English

A marine mollusc with a shell that forms loose irregular coils, giving it a worm-like appearance

worm snake British & World English

A small harmless North American snake which resembles an earthworm

bladder worm British & World English

An immature form of a tapeworm, which lives in the flesh of the secondary host. Further development is suspended until it is eaten by the primary host

bristle worm British & World English

A marine annelid worm which has a segmented body with numerous bristles on the fleshy lobes of each segment

gordian worm British & World English

Another term for horsehair worm.

peacock worm British & World English

A colourful European fan worm of shallow waters

worm-charming British & World English

The sport of enticing worms from their burrows

worm-fishing British & World English

The activity or practice of angling with worms for bait

cotton-leaf worm British & World English

The larva of a migratory tropical moth which feeds on the leaves of the cotton plant and was formerly a major pest in North America

horsehair worm British & World English

A long slender worm related to the nematodes, the larvae being parasites of arthropods and the adults living in water or damp soil

horseshoe worm British & World English

A worm-like tube-dwelling marine animal with a horseshoe-shaped ring of ciliated tentacles (lophophore) around the mouth, extended for filter-feeding


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