Definitions

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

  • n. A long threadlike nematode worm (Dracunculus medinensis) of tropical Asia and Africa that is a subcutaneous parasite of humans and other mammals and causes ulcerative lesions on the legs and feet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a long and slender African nematoid worm (Filaria Medinensis) of a white color. It lives in the cellular tissue of man, beneath the skin, and produces painful sores.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A formidable parasitic nematode or threadworm, Filaria medinensis, of extreme tenuity, from a few inches to several feet long, often infesting the human body, especially in hot countries. See Filaria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human's abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person's skin
  • n. parasitic roundworm of India and Africa that lives in the abdomen or beneath the skin of humans and other vertebrates

Etymologies

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

After the Guinea coast of Africa.

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