gapeworm

[geyp-wurm, gap-]

Origin of gapeworm

First recorded in 1870–75; gape + worm
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British Dictionary definitions for gapeworm

gapeworm

noun
  1. a parasitic nematode worm, Syngamus trachea, that lives in the trachea of birds and causes gapes in domestic fowl: family Syngamidae
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