Etymology
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tapeworm (n.)

1705, from tape (n.) + worm (n.); so called for its ribbon-like shape.

updated on January 17, 2014

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Definitions of tapeworm from WordNet

tapeworm (n.)
ribbonlike flatworms that are parasitic in the intestines of humans and other vertebrates;
Synonyms: cestode
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