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

  • n. A small, hairlike, parasitic roundworm that infects the meninges surrounding the brain of large hoofed animals, usually members of the deer family.


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  • Local area biologist Darryl McLeod and biologist intern Alyson Rob wrote in their report that the concern with moose populations stems from a variety of factors, including the expansion of white-tailed deer, parasites such as brainworm, liver fluke, and winter tick, the effects of climate change, and predation.

    Fort Frances Times Online -

  • What the author failed to mention was the likelihood that brainworm, transmitted by the currently large deer population in this historically deer-scarse region, is resulting in high moose mortality.

    How You Can Fight Global Warming

  • Today's "shut up and dance" (thank you, Jello Biafra) brainworm was the vampire story I'm supposed to be writing for ellen_datlow for this summer.

    it's wonderful. everywhere. so white.

  • Parelaphostrongylus tenuis (brainworm) is a nematode that infects the brain of the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus).

    Snails and deer poop

  • We can pressure, we can badger them, we can brainworm them 'til we're blue in the face but all they have to do is say "We're doing the best we can" and space us to put the kibosh to that.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

  • Didn't stop me from trying on a sweltering Monday afternoon in Kissimmee, where Fun Spot was re-taping its current brainworm of a TV spot - the one with flashmobbish choreography and the trademark "IT'S HUUUUGE" tagline.


  • Billy Don't be a Hero if my next brainworm is Dear Prudence


  • Obviable is one of these beauties, and brainworm is another.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 3

  • Come on, sing along, we’re all doing it – in fact I’ve passed on the brainworm to my kids who are now trying not to hum.

    Ten Things Tuesday: A few of my Favorite Things « The Life and Times of Organic Mama


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