eye worm

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noun

a filarial worm, Loa loa, of western and central Africa, that is parasitic in the skin, or subcutaneous tissue, of human beings, often migrating into the eye region.

Origin of eye worm

First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for eye worm

  • The African eye-worm is another example of a parasite causing mechanical injury only at certain times.

    Insects and Diseases|Rennie W. Doane
  • One of the most interesting equine nematodes is the eye-worm.

    Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold