Definition of teredo in English:


Syllabification: te·re·do
Pronunciation: /təˈrēdō


(plural teredos) Zoology
  • A wormlike bivalve mollusk with reduced shells that it uses to drill into wood. It can cause substantial damage to wooden structures and vessels. Also called shipworm.
    • Genus Teredo, family Teredinidae: several species, in particular T. navalis
    More example sentences
    • I first became acquainted with teredos while working on wooden boats in the San Francisco Bay area.
    • It has been tried before but the bamboo became completely waterlogged and eaten by teredos before the Pacific was half crossed.
    • In the age of wooden ships, teredos and other wood-borers were a tremendous problem.


late Middle English: via Latin from Greek terēdōn; related to teirein 'rub hard, wear away'.

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