plural noun
Ter·​e·​din·​i·​dae | \ ˌterəˈdinəˌdē \

Definition of Teredinidae

: a family of marine bivalve mollusks (order Eulamellibranchia) that live in burrows (as in wood or clay) which they rasp out with their small trilobed shells and line with a calcareous secretion, are very destructive to marine wooden constructions (as ships and wharves), and are vermiform with very long siphons united through most of their length — see bankia , shipworm, teredo — compare pholas

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History and Etymology for Teredinidae

New Latin, from Teredin-, Teredo, type genus + -idae

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“Teredinidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Teredinidae. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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