One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very long parasitic nematode worm which lives under the skin of infected humans and other mammals in rural Africa and Asia.
Dracunculus medinensis, class Phasmida
- ‘And he does everything, like working a week a year as a carpenter, to go into Africa and help them get rid of Guinea worms and river blindness, and going to Cuba and talking Spanish, of all things.’
- ‘We are planting corn, rice or wheat, and we're also dealing with Guinea worm, and river blindness, and chistocymsis and tropical diseases.’
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