shipworm

(redirected from Ship-worm)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

ship·worm

 (shĭp′wûrm′)
n.
Any of various wormlike marine bivalve mollusks of the family Teredinidae, especially Teredo navalis, that have rudimentary shells with which they bore into wood, often doing extensive damage to ships and wharves. Also called teredo.

shipworm

(ˈʃɪpˌwɜːm)
n
(Animals) any wormlike marine bivalve mollusc of the genus Teredo and related genera and family Teredinidae. They bore into wooden piers, ships, etc, by means of drill-like shell valves. See also piddock

ship•worm

(ˈʃɪpˌwɜrm)

n.
any of various wormlike marine bivalve mollusks of the family Teredinidae, that burrow into the timbers of ships, wharves, etc.
[1770–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shipworm - wormlike marine bivalve that bores into wooden piers and ships by means of drill-like shellsshipworm - wormlike marine bivalve that bores into wooden piers and ships by means of drill-like shells
clam - burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
teredo - typical shipworm
Bankia setaceae, giant northwest shipworm - giant shipworm of the Pacific coast of North America
References in classic literature ?
If it were possible for literature to use the microscope of the Leuwenhoeks, the Malpighis, and the Raspails (an attempt once made by Hoffman, of Berlin), and if we could magnify and then picture the teredos navalis, in other words, those ship-worms which brought Holland within an inch of collapsing by honey-combing her dykes, we might have been able to give a more distinct idea of Messieurs Gigonnet, Baudoyer, Saillard, Gaudron, Falleix, Transon, Godard and company, borers and burrowers, who proved their undermining power in the thirtieth year of this century.

Full browser ?