from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long threadlike nematode worm (Dracunculus medinensis) of tropical Asia and Africa that is a subcutaneous parasite of humans and other mammals and causes ulcerative lesions on the legs and feet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a long and slender African nematoid worm (Filaria Medinensis) of a white color. It lives in the cellular tissue of man, beneath the skin, and produces painful sores.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A formidable parasitic nematode or threadworm, Filaria medinensis, of extreme tenuity, from a few inches to several feet long, often infesting the human body, especially in hot countries. See Filaria.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human's abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person's skin
- n. parasitic roundworm of India and Africa that lives in the abdomen or beneath the skin of humans and other vertebrates
After the Guinea coast of Africa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)