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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: wormlike marine bivalve that bores into wooden piers and ships by means of drill-like shells [syn: shipworm, teredinid]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: circa 1778 any of various marine clams (especially family Teredinidae) that have a shell used for burrowing in submerged wood and a wormlike body and that cause damage to wharf piles and wooden ships

Britannica Concise

Any of approximately 65 species (family Teredidae) of common marine bivalves that can severely damage wooden structures, incl. ship hulls and wharves. Its anterior end is covered by a shell; the rest is a tubelike structure, sometimes up to 6 ft (1.8 m) long. File-like ridges on its white shell cut into wood at 8-12 rasping motions a minute. It secretes lime to line its burrow, and its tubelike portion extends back to the burrow opening. It ingests food particles and oxygen from the water; some wood is also ingested as food.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. = TEREDO.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Shipworm Ship"worm`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any long, slender, worm-shaped bivalve mollusk of Teredo and allied genera. The shipworms burrow in wood, and are destructive to wooden ships, piles of wharves, etc. See Teredo.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Teredo Te*re"do, n.; pl. E. Teredos, L. Teredines. [L., a worm that gnaws wood, clothes, etc.; akin to Gr. ?, L. terere to rub.] (Zo["o]l.) 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 App.



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