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 (tə-rē′dō, -rā′dō)
n. pl. te·re·dos

[New Latin Terēdō, mollusk genus, from Latin terēdō, a kind of worm, from Greek terēdōn; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -dos or -dines (-dɪˌniːz)
(Animals) any marine bivalve mollusc of the genus Teredo. See shipworm
[C17: via Latin from Greek terēdōn wood-boring worm; related to Greek tetrainein to pierce]


(təˈri doʊ)

n., pl. -re•dos, -re•di•nes (-ˈrid nˌiz)
a shipworm of the genus Teredo.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin terēdō < Greek terēdṓn wood-boring worm]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.teredo - typical shipwormteredo - typical shipworm      
genus Teredo - type genus of the family Teredinidae
shipworm, teredinid - wormlike marine bivalve that bores into wooden piers and ships by means of drill-like shells
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.
But now it is time to show another set of teredos, who burrowed and swarmed in the government offices where the principal scenes of our present study took place.
Folclore na região do Salgado, Pará: Teredos na alimentação; profissões ribeirinhas.