noun (plural teredos)Zoology
A worm-like marine bivalve mollusc with reduced shells which it uses to drill into wood. It can cause substantial damage to wooden structures and (formerly) ships. Also called shipworm.
- Genus Teredo, family Teredinidae: several species, in particular T. navalis.
- 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'.
Words that rhyme with teredoaikido, bushido, credo, Guido, Ido, libido, lido, speedo, torpedo, tuxedo
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