Gordian-worm meaning

gôrdēən
Any of a phylum (Nematomorpha) of long, thin, worms parasitic in insects when immature and free-swimming as adults; horsehair worm.
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A horsehair worm (Nematomorpha), that fatally parasitizes insects and crustacea in its larval stage.
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Origin of gordian-worm

  • Because it sometimes ties itself into a knot; see Gordian knot.

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