[ tuh-ree-doh ]

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

Origin of teredo

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin terēdō<Greek terēdṓn wood-boring worm

Words Nearby teredo

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How to use teredo in a sentence

  • Did the deadly teredo bore the ship's timbers full of holes, until she went down with all on board?

    South American Fights and Fighters | Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • 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
  • Other ship worms belong to the genus teredo, and are very similar in general characters.

    The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
  • They here remained until the 23rd, endeavouring to repair their vessels, which were fearfully pierced by the teredo.

    Notable Voyagers | W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

British Dictionary definitions for teredo


/ (tɛˈriːdəʊ) /

nounplural -dos or -dines (-dɪˌniːz)
  1. any marine bivalve mollusc of the genus Teredo: See shipworm

Origin of teredo

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

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