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A tube-dwelling marine polychaete, Alvinella pompejana (family Alvinellidae), found living near hydrothermal vents on the Pacific floor and notable for being able to tolerate very hot, metal-rich environments.
1980s; earliest use found in Scientific American. From the name of Pompeii + worm, so named on account of the worm's tolerance of extreme conditions.
Pompeii worm/pɒmˈpeɪ(iː) ˌwəːm/
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