horsehair worm

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As Ed Yong at The Atlantic reports, horsehair worms can survive being swallowed by insects and can even escape the digestive tracts of larger animals. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How Exploding Beetles Can Survive Being Eaten Alive," 21 Feb. 2018 The creatures start out as eggs laid in freshwater, where most species of horsehair worm primarily live. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "This Jumble of Writhing Sticks Is Actually a Bizarre Parasite," 27 Sep. 2017 According to Hanelt, one of his colleagues found horsehair worms nearly seven feet long in the wild. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "This Jumble of Writhing Sticks Is Actually a Bizarre Parasite," 27 Sep. 2017

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circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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horsehair worm

noun
horse·​hair worm | \ -ˌha(ə)r-, -he(ə)r- How to pronounce horsehair worm (audio) \

Medical Definition of horsehair worm

: any worm of the class or phylum Nematomorpha

called also gordiacean, horsehair snake

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