horsehair worm


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Recent Examples on the Web 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, 21 Feb. 2018 The creatures start out as eggs laid in freshwater, where most species of horsehair worm primarily live. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, 27 Sep. 2017 According to Hanelt, one of his colleagues found horsehair worms nearly seven feet long in the wild. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of horsehair worm

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of horsehair worm was circa 1753

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“Horsehair worm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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horsehair worm

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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