Definitions starting with G

ID #4584

greedy worm

 n. 1. [OED, obs. 1585 "If the little nerve under Whelp's tongue (commonly called the greedy worm) be taken away, it keeps the same safe from being mad"] a disease (periodontosis?) of horses, in which the gums grow over the teeth. (San Sal.)

2. [from the hunger they cause] worms (as parasites in the body). (Eleu.)

Tags: animal, noun

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Last update: 2011-05-19 02:39
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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