teredo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n teredo typical shipworm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Teredo (Zoöl) A genus of long, slender, wormlike bivalve mollusks which bore into submerged wood, such as the piles of wharves, bottoms of ships, etc.; -- called also shipworm. See Shipworm. See Illust. in Appendix.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n teredo A lamelli-branch mollusk of the genus Teredo, family Teredinidæ; the ship-worm, T. navalis, conspicuous for the destruction which it occasions to ships and submerged wood, by perforating them in all directions in order to establish a habitation. It is a worm-shaped grayish-white animal, most of whose length is owing to the elongation of the united siphons or breathing-tubes conveying water to the gills. The two valves of the shell are small. The viscera are mainly contained within the valves. In excavating in the wood (the shell is the boring-instrument) every individual is careful to avoid the tube formed by its neighbor, and often a very thin leaf of wood alone is left between the cavities, which are lined with a calcareous incrustation. Many methods are in use to protect ships, piers, etc., from this destructive animal, such as copper sheathing, treating with creosote or corrosive sublimate, or driving numbers of short broad-headed nails into the timber, the rust from which spreads and prevents the animal from settling. It is said to have been originally imported from tropical climates; but it has now become an inhabitant of most harbors, (See also cut under ship-worm.) T. gigantea is a species found in the East Indies in shallow water, where it bores into the hardened mud.
    • n teredo [capitalized] [NL. (Linnæus, 1758).] The typical genus of Teredinidæ, including T. navalis, the common teredo or ship-worm. See def. 1. Also called Septaria.
    • n teredo Any disease in plants produced by the boring of insects.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Teredo tē-rē′do the ship-worm, a worm very destructive in boring into wood
    • Teredo Also Ter′edine
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a worm that gnaws wood, clothes, etc.; akin to Gr. , L. terere, to rub

Usage

In literature:

At Puerto Bello he was obliged to leave another vessel, for she had been riddled by the teredo.
"The Life of Christopher Columbus from his own Letters and Journals" by Edward Everett Hale
The piles that supported the wharves often needed renewing, being eaten by teredos.
"Out of the Triangle" by Mary E. Bamford
A salt-water creature very destructive to shipping and the wharves is the teredo, or ship-worm.
"Stories of California" by Ella M. Sexton
The former he proposes to call the Teredo gigantea.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
During certain seasons the pots are badly eaten by "worms," the shipworm (Teredo) or one of the species of small boring crustaceans.
"The Lobster Fishery of Maine." by John N. Cobb
The fossil trunk of a coniferous tree was found in Wyoming, which was filled with groups of wood-living shells similar to the living Teredo.
"Dinosaurs" by William Diller Matthew
Did the deadly teredo bore the ship's timbers full of holes, until she went down with all on board?
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
They here remained until the 23rd, endeavouring to repair their vessels, which were fearfully pierced by the teredo.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
It is not touched by the teredo and other marine worms.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
The latter have remained for years at the bottom of the sea uninjured by teredo, or any destructive crustacea.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Teredo navalis boring wood, 23.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
A piece of wood well bored by teredoes followed.
"King of the Castle" by George Manville Fenn
Whilst he was waiting he found the teredo a very amusing companion.
"The Ravens and the Angels" by Elizabeth Rundle Charles
The teredo, so destructive to shipping, has been carried by the vessels whose wooden walls it mines to almost every part of the globe.
"Man and Nature" by George P. Marsh
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