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

  • n. A nematode worm (Syngamus trachea) that infects the tracheas of certain birds and causes gapes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A parasitic nematode worm, Syngamus trachea, that infects the tracheas of some birds and causes the disease gapes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The parasitic worm that causes the gapes in birds. See Illustration in Appendix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nematoid worm, Syngamus trachealis, the cause of gapes in fowls.


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  • [3] Gapeworms "lodge in the hen's throat" ... nuts! The larvae of the gapeworm live and mature in the lungs, trachea and bronchi, causing a severe pneumonia in young birds.

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  • "The worms are also known as red worms or forked worms due to their red color and the permanent procreative conjunction of males and females." (Wikipedia)

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