horsehair worm


horsehair worm

noun

Definition of HORSEHAIR WORM

:  hairworm 1

First Known Use of HORSEHAIR WORM

circa 1753

horse·hair worm

noun \-ˌha(ə)r-, -he(ə)r-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HORSEHAIR WORM

: any worm of the class or phylum Nematomorpha—called also gordiacean, horsehair snake

horsehair worm

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 250–300 species (class Nematomorpha, or Gordiacea; phylum Aschelminthes) of long, thin worms. The young are parasites in arthropods; the adults are free-living in the sea or in freshwater. The hairlike body sometimes grows to a length of about 39 in. (1 m).

Variants of HORSEHAIR WORM

horsehair worm or hairworm or gordian worm

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