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
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'.