from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various beetle larvae that bore into wood.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A worm, grub, or larva that is bred in wood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) See Wood worm, under wood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A beetle larva that bores into wood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a larva of a woodborer


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  • There were still relics like this lurking in farm buildings when I started out on my agricultural life: I recall finding a woodworm-infected patten lying in the manger of a stable a week or so after the last draught horse had been put to sleep.

    Country diary: North Derbyshire 2010

  • And his pegleg got woodworm and broke into three.'

    Peter Stothard - Times Online - WBLG: 2009

  • They own helicopters and submarines and they can afford to spread the woodworm of corruption through poor countries, right to the top.

    Johann Hari: Obama Must End the War on Drugs -- or Mexico and Afghanistan Will Collapse 2009

  • The presence of sap will attract woodworm, which love its sweetness, so you must cut your hazel while the sap is sunk for the winter.

    Wildwood Roger Deakin 2009

  • The presence of sap will attract woodworm, which love its sweetness, so you must cut your hazel while the sap is sunk for the winter.

    Wildwood Roger Deakin 2009

  • And his pegleg got woodworm and broke into three.'

    Pressed rat, Warthog and the hapax 2009

  • Wormwood buttering rack, Edwardian rat-hair doormat, woodworm in French fluting and the set of wooden birthing stirrups ...... are not necessarily an essential accompaniment to the modern bric a brac home, to which he adds:

    Archive 2008-07-01 2008

  • Leaning at the main door of the farm you saw behind you the coming of the woodworm.

    Arnold de Vos greenintegerblog 2008

  • The amount of wildlife in the house was evident; bright orange sawdust outlined the furniture, indicating that the chairs are only staying upright because the woodworm are holding hands.

    NO-HO - Nov. 20: Absurdity Day Judith "Jlo" Quinton 2008

  • I was on Guido when he blogged about the injuries and the nutters came out of the panelling like .303 woodworm.

    Is fairness enough? Alix Mortimer 2008


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  • Definitely not one for Sog's Ark!

    November 25, 2007

  • Master SoG, this is precisely the weakness that the wordworm and I are exploiting to evade virus and worm detectors. She has proved to be quite cunning, removing the "c" from covert to escape from under containment on the c list. She is now in ninja training.

    Under guise of woodworm, she infiltrated the Google lexicon, and inserted detartrated in their lookup dictionary. If you enter "detartrat", Google now asks "Did you mean: detartrated". She also entered the Scriptorium at OED headquarters and found a citation for demidiate, from The Entomological Dictionary of 1913, where it is defined as "half-round".

    Are there other missions you wish us to undertake?

    November 25, 2007

  • "You have done well, grasshopper!" as Master Po used to say.

    However, I haven't a clue what you are talking about!

    November 26, 2007

  • Master SoG, four days beyond a fortnight past, I sprang Minerva-like from the mind of reesetee on the pages of paua, abetted by uselessness and mollusque.

    November 27, 2007

  • You didn't spring Minerva-like from me!

    November 27, 2007

  • Great. I have no idea how to list that.

    November 27, 2007

  • Maybe you can use it to replace tedium. Just a thought.

    November 27, 2007

  • Jove. Minerva sprang from Jove. Reesetee is Jove. ;-)

    November 28, 2007

  • How can I be Jove if I'm already Gandhi? Palooka? Some help here!

    Signed, pharaoh moohlah

    November 28, 2007

  • I wonder if woodworm hold up well to tippling wormwood.

    November 29, 2007