Xylotrya

noun
Xy·​lo·​trya | \ ˌzīləˈ‧trīə\

Definition of Xylotrya

: a genus of marine bivalves that is closely related to and often included in Teredo and comprises forms as destructive to timber

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History and Etymology for Xylotrya

New Latin, from xyl- + Greek tryein to rub, wear out; akin to Greek tribein to rub, grind

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