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Any of various nematode worms of the order Ascaridida, especially those in the superfamily Ascaridoidea, including the common intestinal parasite Ascaris lumbricoides.

[ Sing. of ascarides, intestinal worms, from Middle English, from Medieval Latin ascaridēs, pl. of ascaris, from Greek askaris.]
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(ˈæskərɪd) or


(Zoology) any parasitic nematode worm of the family Ascaridae, such as the common roundworm of man and pigs
[C14: from New Latin ascaridae, from Greek askarides, plural of askaris]
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(ˈæs kə rɪd)

any parasitic roundworm of the family Ascaridae.
[< New Latin Ascaridae. See ascaris, -id2]
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