One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small red annelid worm that lives in fresh water, partly buried in the mud.
Genus Tubifex, family Tubificidae, class OligochaetaAlso called bloodworm
- ‘The food was a mixture of commercial tropical fish food, commercial guinea pig chow, freeze-dried tubifex worms, finely sifted silt, and puppy vitamins.’
- ‘Artificial plants will suffice (unless you intend to breed your fish), but the glowlight tetra finds that real plants are a delicacy along with its usual fare of tropical flake food, tubifex worms, and brine shrimp.’
- ‘When T. tubifex was exposed to soil contaminated with mixtures PCBs and other organic pollutants there was a decrease in reproduction and development.’
Modern Latin, from Latin tubus ‘tube’ + -fex from facere ‘make’.
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