Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nematoid worm, Gordius, parasitic in insects in its early stages and frequently fouud in damp places or in pools when mature. Also known as hairworm and horsehair-snake, from the popular superstition that it is a hair that has metamorphosed into a worm.
“The hair-snake was still sleeping and had nothing to offer.”
“He changed himself into a hair-snake, was scooped up in her bucket, and drunk by the Manito, who soon after was dead.”
“She handed him the water containing the hair-snake, which he drank, with the snake, and soon after was a dead Manito.”
“It rooved about, folded and unfolded itself, showed sensibility when touched, and had become in fact that singular animal, of which naturalists, as far as I knovr, hâve taken no notice; but which f armers know well by the name hair-snake. ”
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