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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.


(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



any of various wormlike marine bivalve mollusks of the family Teredinidae, that burrow into the timbers of ships, wharves, etc.
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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
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The Guerrero was known to have a copper-covered hull, which was helpful for boosting speed and reducing shipworm damage but relatively uncommon because of the cost.
French engineer Sir Marc Brunei (1769-1849) invented the caisson, a structure that enables underwater construction, after observing the naval shipworm, a saltwater clam whose valves allow it to bore through wooden ships without being crushed when newly exposed layers of wood absorb ambient water and swell.
com/new-species-giant-shipworm-found-philippines-2526502) New Species, Giant Shipworm, Found In Philippines
It might look like a creature straight out of "Alien" -- but the newly discovered giant shipworm, scientifically known as Kuphus polythamia, was found by a team of scientists in a marine bay on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.
Morreira, Application of Plackett-Burman Design and Response Surface Methodology to Achieve Exponential Growth of Aggregated Shipworm Bacterium, Biotechnol.
As industry explores deeper sea depths, this affects the design and material selection of cables, with challenges such as UV stability, marine growth, microbial attack and even the burrowing Teredo Navalis Shipworm to be addressed.
The principal marine wood boring animals in Los Angeles Harbor belong to the isopod genus Limnoria and to the bivalve shipworm family Teredinidae.
36) Presumably, Davis conflates two kinds of verminous threats: the dreaded shipworm, teredo navalis (actually a species of vermiform clam) that destroyed wood, and larvae from various insects that devastated food stores.
Titled "Assay Strategies for Drug Discovery From Marine-Mollusk Associated Bacteria," her research discussed how a shipworm can be the source of new antibiotics; how cone snails can be potential sources of new medicines; and how mollusk medicine can be opportunities for drug development.
Application of Plackett and Burman design and response surface methodology to achieve exponential growth of aggregated shipworm bacterium.
A front formed by the junction of frigid polar and warmer waters as well as a strong current circling the continent may block tiny shipworm youngsters from moving in, says Thomas Dahlgren of Uni Research, the University of Bergen's partner research company in Norway.
Their first paper, published in the current edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focuses on a unique animal called a shipworm, which despite its name is not a worm.