Wormlike vs Shipworm - What's the difference?

wormlike | shipworm |


As an adjective wormlike

is similar to a worm.

As a noun shipworm is

any of several wormlike marine mollusks (not true worms) of the family , that bore through the wooden hulls of ships and other woody material immersed in salt water.

wormlike

English

Alternative forms

*worm-like

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Similar to a worm.
  • The plastic fishing lure was remarkably wormlike .
  • Similar to that of a worm
  • The creature has a wormlike body
    He has wormlike view of the universe.
  • (chemistry, of the molecules of a polymer) Having a smoothly curved form when heated.
  • See also

    *helminthic *vermian *vermiform

    Derived terms

    *wormlike chain

    shipworm

    English

    (wikipedia shipworm) (Teredinidae)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Any of several wormlike marine mollusks (not true worms) of the family , that bore through the wooden hulls of ships and other woody material immersed in salt water.
  • * 1955 , , The Edge of the Sea ,
  • Old spars and water-soaked timbers cast on the beach are full of the workings of the shipworm —long cylindrical tunnels penetrating all parts of the wood.
  • * 2002 , Erkki Leppäkoski, Stephan Gollasch, Sergej Olenin, Invasive Aquatic Species of Europe: Distribution, Impacts, and Management ,
  • Even though mankind has tried to develop counter measures for thousands of years, still there is no easy solution to the shipworm problem in sight.
  • * 2004 , Donald Launer, A Cruising Guide to New Jersey Waters ,
  • In our waters, however, the shipworm seldom attains a length of over a foot-and-a-half long.