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horsehair worm

n.
Any of various long slender aquatic worms of the phylum Nematomorpha, the larvae of which are parasitic in arthropods. Also called hairworm.

horsehair worm

n
(Animals) another name for hairworm2

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n.
any long slender aquatic worm of the phylum Nematomorpha, developing parasitically on insects and crustaceans.
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French scientists discovered that the gordian worm (so called because it mates in a tangled knot of individuals) can sometimes cheat death when its typical host, a cricket, is swallowed by a fish or a frog.
A Gordian worm grows up inside an insect, then leads its host to drown itself so the worm can free itself.
Researchers found the Houdini-like gordian worm, which spends much of its life inside other insects, can wriggle free even if its hapless host is swallowed by a predator.