woodworm

[ wood-wurm ]

noun
  1. a worm or larva that breeds in or bores into wood.

Origin of woodworm

1
First recorded in 1530–40; wood1 + worm

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British Dictionary definitions for woodworm

woodworm

/ (ˈwʊdˌwɜːm) /


noun
  1. any of various insect larvae that bore into wooden furniture, beams, etc, esp the larvae of the furniture beetle, Anobium punctatum, and the deathwatch beetle

  2. the condition caused in wood by any of these larvae

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