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horsehair worm

any long, slender worm of the phylum Nematomorpha, developing parasitically on insects and crustaceans, and free-living as adults in streams and ponds.
Also called gordian worm, nematomorph.
Origin of horsehair worm
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Vinegar eels, the horsehair worm, the pork worm or trichina and the dread hookworm are examples.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for horsehair worm

horsehair worm

another name for hairworm (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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