te·​re·​do | \ tə-ˈrē-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce teredo (audio) , -ˈrā- How to pronounce teredo (audio) \
plural teredos

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Recent Examples on the Web The warm waters of the Caribbean are paradise for teredo worms, which are actually mollusks with a voracious appetite for wood. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Why Haven't We Found Christopher Columbus's Ships?," 6 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of teredo

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teredo

Middle English, from Latin teredin-, teredo, from Greek terēdōn; akin to Greek tetrainein to bore — more at throw entry 1

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“Teredo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teredo. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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