from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A worm or an insect larva that bores into wood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A beetle larva that bores into wood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a larva that bores in wood; a wood borer.
- n. See Wood worm, under wood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A worm, grub, or larva that is bred in wood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a larva of a woodborer
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There were still relics like this lurking in farm buildings when I started out on my agricultural life: I recall finding a woodworm-infected patten lying in the manger of a stable a week or so after the last draught horse had been put to sleep.
They own helicopters and submarines and they can afford to spread the woodworm of corruption through poor countries, right to the top.
And his pegleg got woodworm and broke into three.'
The presence of sap will attract woodworm, which love its sweetness, so you must cut your hazel while the sap is sunk for the winter.
I was on Guido when he blogged about the injuries and the nutters came out of the panelling like .303 woodworm.
Wormwood buttering rack, Edwardian rat-hair doormat, woodworm in French fluting and the set of wooden birthing stirrups ...... are not necessarily an essential accompaniment to the modern bric a brac home, to which he adds:
Leaning at the main door of the farm you saw behind you the coming of the woodworm.
The amount of wildlife in the house was evident; bright orange sawdust outlined the furniture, indicating that the chairs are only staying upright because the woodworm are holding hands.
The woodworm were too widespread; to get rid of them I'd have needed a fleet of light aircraft to spray the house with Agent Orange – or whatever they use these days.
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