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

Example Sentences

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, 6 Oct. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teredo was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Teredo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teredo. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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te·​re·​do tə-ˈrēd-ō How to pronounce teredo (audio) -ˈrād- How to pronounce teredo (audio)
plural teredos
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