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noun, plural te·re·dos, te·re·di·nes [tuh-reed-n-eez] /təˈrid nˌiz/.
  1. a shipworm of the genus Teredo.
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Origin of teredo

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin terēdō < Greek terēdṓn wood-boring worm
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Examples from the Web for teredo

Historical Examples of teredo

  • Hatschek has recently given a detailed description of the development of the supraœsophageal and pedal ganglia of Teredo.

    The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)

    Francis Maitland Balfour

  • The worms infesting the timber of ships are—the Teredo, the Lepisma, and the Pholas.

  • A ship returning from the tropics brought with it, it is supposed, some tiny little shell-fish, the Teredo navalis.

  • A salt-water creature very destructive to shipping and the wharves is the teredo, or ship-worm.

    Stories of California

    Ella M. Sexton

  • The shell of Xylophaga, 7, is like that of Teredo, but the animal has neither pallets nor tube.

    Illustrated Index of British Shells

    George Brettingham Sowerby

British Dictionary definitions for teredo


noun plural -dos or -dines (-dɪˌniːz)
  1. any marine bivalve mollusc of the genus TeredoSee shipworm
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Word Origin for teredo

C17: via Latin from Greek terēdōn wood-boring worm; related to Greek tetrainein to pierce
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