hairworm

[hair-wurm]

Origin of hairworm

First recorded in 1650–60; hair + worm
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hairworm

noun
  1. any hairlike nematode worm of the family Trichostrongylidae, such as the stomach worm, parasitic in the intestines of vertebrates
  2. Also called: horsehair worm any very thin long worm of the phylum (or class) Nematomorpha, the larvae of which are parasitic in arthropods
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