tubifex worm

noun

tu·​bi·​fex worm ˈtü-bə-ˌfeks- How to pronounce tubifex worm (audio)
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: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tubifex worm was in 1948

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“Tubifex worm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubifex%20worm. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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