One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of organic tissue) eaten into by worms.‘a worm-eaten corpse’
- ‘Now, on the whole, this sort of vivid reference to rotting flesh and the worm-eaten body is not a very good argument for seduction.’
- ‘They fish a worm-eaten corpse out of the river while swimming.’
- 1.1 (of wood or a wooden object) full of holes made by woodworm.‘the worm-eaten stairs’
- ‘Fourteen-centimetre shells sit on the sea floor nearby, in what is left of the worm-eaten wooden boxes that once held them.’
- ‘Then you got the fun of walking over a narrow worm-eaten wooden bridge with the water lapping a few inches below.’
- ‘The old stone walls are, however, left visible at both ends, while the warped, worm-eaten roof trusses are on full view.’
- ‘Imposing at 75 inches on a side and 7 inches deep, the painting, like eight others shown here, has holes drilled in its edges, like worm-eaten driftwood.’
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