Origin of shipworm

First recorded in 1770–80; ship1 + worm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of shipworm

  • The teredo or shipworm was a serious peril in the days before the sheathing of ships.

British Dictionary definitions for shipworm


  1. any wormlike marine bivalve mollusc of the genus Teredo and related genera and family Teredinidae. They bore into wooden piers, ships, etc, by means of drill-like shell valvesSee also piddock
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