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gordius


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gordius  \Gor"di*us\,  n.  [NL.  See  {Gordian},  1.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  genus  of  long,  slender,  nematoid  worms,  parasitic  in 
  insects  until  near  maturity,  when  they  leave  the  insect,  and 
  live  in  water,  in  which  they  deposit  their  eggs;  --  called 
  also  {hair  eel},  {hairworm},  and  {hair  snake},  from  the 
  absurd,  but  common  and  widely  diffused,  notion  that  they  are 
  metamorphosed  horsehairs. 




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