Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various slender parasitic nematode worms of the genus Trichostrongylus that infest the stomach and small intestine of cattle, sheep, and related animals.
  • n. See horsehair worm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A nematomorph.

Etymologies

hair +‎ worm (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The parasitic Nematomorph hairworm (Spinochordodes tellinii) develops inside land-dwelling grasshoppers and crickets until the time comes for the worm to transform into an aquatic adult.

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  • The nematomorph hairworm Spinochordodes tellinii develops inside land-dwelling grasshoppers and crickets until the time comes for the worm to transform into an aquatic adult.

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  • Other insects that destroy garden vegetables are the well-known green cabbage-worm, the harlequin cabbage-bug, the cabbage hairworm, the asparagus-beetle, the squash-bug, the squash-vine borer, the striped cucumber or melon beetle, the melon aphis, the corn boll-worm, the cornstalk borer and many others.

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  • Israel is an ally? the hairworm that borne its parasite inside the grasshopper and control the victim to jump into water to drown in self-induced suicide so the hairworm frees itself from the water-logged body of the insect.

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