plural noun
Gor·​di·​idae | \ gȯ(r)ˈdīəˌdē \

Definition of Gordiidae

: the chief family of Gordioidea coextensive with its type genus (Gordius) and including a number of long slender smooth-bodied worms (as hairworms or horsehair snakes)

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History and Etymology for Gordiidae

New Latin, from Gordius, type genus (after Gordius of Phrygia) + -idae; from the knots into which such worms twist

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“Gordiidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gordiidae. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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