gapeworm

[ geyp-wurm, gap- ]
/ ˈgeɪpˌwɜrm, ˈgæp- /

noun

a nematode worm, Syngamus trachea, that causes gapes.

Nearby words

  1. gap-toothed,
  2. gape,
  3. gaper,
  4. gapes,
  5. gapeseed,
  6. gaping,
  7. gaposis,
  8. gapped scale,
  9. gapper,
  10. gapping

Origin of gapeworm

First recorded in 1870–75; gape + worm

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British Dictionary definitions for gapeworm

gapeworm

/ (ˈɡeɪpˌwɜːm) /

noun

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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