from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A shipworm of the genus Teredo.
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- n. A shipworm (of genus Teredo).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of long, slender, wormlike bivalve mollusks which bore into submerged wood, such as the piles of wharves, bottoms of ships, etc.; -- called also shipworm. See shipworm. See Illust. in Appendix.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lamelli-branch mollusk of the genus Teredo, family Teredinidæ; the ship-worm, T. navalis, conspicuous for the destruction which it occasions to ships and submerged wood, by perforating them in all directions in order to establish a habitation.
- n. [capitalized] [NL. (Linnæus, 1758).] The typical genus of Teredinidæ, including T. navalis, the common teredo or ship-worm. See def. 1. Also called Septaria.
- n. Any disease in plants produced by the boring of insects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. typical shipworm
New Latin Terēdō, mollusk genus, from Latin terēdō, a kind of worm, from Greek terēdōn; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)