tube worm

noun

Definition of tube worm

: a worm that lives in a tube (as one composed of sand grains or calcium carbonate) : such as
a : any of various polychaetes or oligochaetes

Examples of tube worm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team hopes to replicate the tube worm’s unique photoprotein—or a protein linked to bioluminescence—to illuminate cancer cells during surgery. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2020 But not the marine parchment tube worm—these ocean swimmers produce a bright blue goo that stays aglow for anywhere from 16 to 72 hours. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2020 Amazing fish, shellfish, tube worms and other life forms live in these zones. Suzanne O'connell, The Conversation, 7 Oct. 2019 Seven-foot-long tube worms, ghostly white snailfish, and massive crustaceans all make their homes in the forbidding depths. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug. 2019 Dozens have responded to the park service post with guesses, including many who disagree with the tube worm theory. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, 4 June 2019 But many disagreed with the tube worm hypothesis, leaving their guesses in the post's more than 70 comments. Fox News, 5 June 2019 Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported explorers found a type of foot-long marine tube worm living on a part of the seafloor off North Carolina where methane gas seeps from the earth. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, 4 June 2019 These chimney-like structures allow tube worms, clams, mussels, and other organisms to survive not via photosynthesis but chemosynthesis, in which microbes convert chemicals released by the vents into energy. Paul Chesley, National Geographic, 21 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of tube worm

circa 1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tube worm was circa 1819

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“Tube worm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tube%20worm. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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