from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various nematode worms, especially of the family Metastrongylidae, that are parasitic in the lungs of mammals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several nematode worms, of the family Metastrongylidae, that are parasitic to mammalian lungs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of parasitic nematoid worms which infest the lungs and air passages of cattle, sheep, and other animals, often proving fatal. The lungworm of cattle (Strongylus micrurus) and that of sheep (Strongylus filaria) are the best known.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A worm parasitic in the lungs.


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