Definition of shipworm in English:

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shipworm

Pronunciation: /ˈSHipˌwərm/

noun

Another term for teredo.
Example sentences
  • For example, bacteria living in the intestinal glands of a wood-boring mollusk known as the shipworm provide the animal with as much as one-third of its nitrogen.
  • Although shipworms look like worms, they, like any good clam, have shells.
  • They report on concretions from the Palaeogene London Clay of southern England that contain marine driftwood that had been extensively bored by shipworms.

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Syllabification: ship·worm

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