Definition of Hairworm

1. Noun. A nematomorph. ¹

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Definition of Hairworm

1. a parasitic worm [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hairworm

1. A nematoid worm of the genus Gordius, resembling a hair. See Gordius. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hairworm

hairworm (current term)
hairy-eared dwarf lemur
hairy-eared dwarf lemurs
hairy-legged vampire bat
hairy ball theorem
hairy cell leukaemia
hairy cells
hairy darling pea
hairy eyeball
hairy golden aster
hairy heart
hairy honeysuckle

Literary usage of Hairworm

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1. Magazine of Natural History edited by John Claudius Loudon, Edward Charlesworth, John Denson (1831)
"I therefore still wished and wish to know, how an animal such as the hairworm could get into the intestines of the beetle, and there grow to its full size, ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Among round worms living in the tissues of cattle may be named a hairworm inhabiting the eye and the serous cavity of the abdomen; the encysted trichina in ..."

3. The Journal of a Naturalist by John Leonard Knapp (1831)
"This hairworm, however, is rather less mysterious in its movements than some others; and there is cause to suppose that its chief occupation is that of ..."

4. The World Book: Organized Knowledge in Story and Picture edited by Michael Vincent O'Shea, Ellsworth D. Foster, George Herbert Locke (1918)
"hairworm, a long, threadlike, harmless worm, often seen in fresh-water pools or ... The young hairworm, on hatching, sinks to the bottom of the pond, ..."

5. Sporting Sketches by Edwyn Sandys (1905)
"The creature referred to as a mystery is what is termed the "horse-hair snake," in reality a hairworm. It is found in all of our waters, and it greatly ..."

6. Leisure-time Studies: Chiefly Biological. A Series of Essays and Lectures by Andrew Wilson (1879)
"From each egg a little creature armed with minute hooks is produced, and this young hairworm burrows its way into the body of some insect, there to repeat ..."

7. An Analytical Dictionary of the English Language, in which the Words are by David Booth (1836)
"The Bleaks are often attacked (and even destroyed) by a species of hairworm, on which occasions they are seen, writhing in agony, on the surface of the ..."

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