tubifex worm

noun
tu·​bi·​fex worm | \ ˈtü-bə-ˌfeks- How to pronounce tubifex worm (audio) , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tubifex worm

: any of a genus (Tubifex) of slender reddish tubificid worms that live in tubes in fresh or brackish water, are widely used as food for aquarium fish, and serve as a host for the protozoan causing whirling disease in fish

called also tubifex

First Known Use of tubifex worm

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tubifex worm

New Latin Tubific-, Tubifex, from Latin tubus tube + facere to make — more at do

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“Tubifex worm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubifex%20worm. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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