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[too-buh-feks, tyoo-] /ˈtu bəˌfɛks, ˈtyu-/
noun, plural tubifexes (especially collectively) tubifex.
any common, bottom-dwelling worm of the genus Tubifex, often used as food for aquarium fish.
Also called red worm.
Origin of tubifex
< New Latin (1816); see tubi-, -fex Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for tubifex


noun (pl) -fex, -fexes
any small reddish freshwater oligochaete worm of the genus Tubifex; it characteristically lives in a tube in sand and is used as food for aquarium fish
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin tubus tube + facere to make, do
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