Definition of shipworm in US English:



  • another term for teredo
    • ‘For example, bacteria living in the intestinal glands of a wood-boring mollusk known as the shipworm provide the animal with as much as one-third of its nitrogen.’
    • ‘The biggest threat is an attack by shipworms - they can eat the whole thing.’
    • ‘Although shipworms look like worms, they, like any good clam, have shells.’
    • ‘They report on concretions from the Palaeogene London Clay of southern England that contain marine driftwood that had been extensively bored by shipworms.’
    • ‘His vessels, rotted by shipworm, were abandoned in Jamaica, where Columbus was marooned for a year.’