any of various wormlike marine bivalve mollusks that burrow into the timbers of ship, wharves, etc.
- ships that pass in the night,
- shipton, mother,
Origin of shipworm
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The teredo or shipworm was a serious peril in the days before the sheathing of ships.Days of the Discoverers|L. Lamprey
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