arrowworm

[ar-oh-wurm]

Origin of arrowworm

First recorded in 1885–90; so called from a fancied resemblance to an arrow
Also called glassworm.
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British Dictionary definitions for arrowworm

arrowworm

noun
  1. any small marine invertebrate of the genus Sagitta, having an elongated transparent body with fins and prehensile oral bristles: phylum Chaetognatha (chaetognaths)
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