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Shipworm

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

Shipworms were one of the greatest forces controlling the history of global shipping, regulating the evolution, survival, and routes of wooden ships for thousands of years. The destruction...

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teredo

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 20 words.

boring mollusc, esp. ship-worm. XVII. — L. terēdō — Gr. terēdṓn, f. base *ter- of teírein rub hard,

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