horsehair worm


noun

any long, slender worm of the phylum Nematomorpha, developing parasitically on insects and crustaceans, and free-living as adults in streams and ponds.

Nearby words

  1. horseflesh,
  2. horsefly,
  3. horsehair,
  4. horsehair fungus,
  5. horsehair toadstool,
  6. horsehair-blight fungus,
  7. horsehead,
  8. horsehead nebula,
  9. horsehide,
  10. horselaugh

Origin of horsehair worm

First recorded in 1745–55


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British Dictionary definitions for horsehair worm

horsehair worm

noun

another name for hairworm (def. 2)
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