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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ship-worm a genus (Teredo) of worm-like molluscs which perforate and live in timber, lining the cavity or tube with a calcareous encrustation
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scipscippan, to make—scapan, to shape; Goth. skip, Ice. skip, Ger. schiff.


In literature:

She's been a ship in the Egypt trade, and you know what that is for getting worm and rot in the wood.
"The Lost Continent" by C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
And all our other ships wrenched and worm-pierced.
"1492" by Mary Johnston
He was so humble that he was willing to learn a lesson from a tiny little ship worm.
"The Life of Jesus Christ for the Young" by Richard Newton
A salt-water creature very destructive to shipping and the wharves is the teredo, or ship-worm.
"Stories of California" by Ella M. Sexton
There are worms which gnaw the ship in harbour, as the heart in sleep.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
The galleys are sheathed with it, for the ship-worm bores into it but little.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVIII, 1617-1620" by Various
He stood by the window looking over roofs and traffic and the glow-worm light of shipping in the stream.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The gnawing worm of remorse still followed him on board of ship, and in barrack, and on the scorching plains of the south.
"The Cross and the Shamrock" by Hugh Quigley
On April 4, 1581, she suggested to Drake that she would be his guest at a banquet on board the little, worm-eaten ship.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
He was no seaman, but during that worm's progress he realized that the ship itself had changed.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
July saw the seven Hudson's Bay ships worming their way laboriously through the ice floes of the straits.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
It is like the worms eating through the bottom of a ship.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
A composition was invented to be laid on the bottoms of ships to preserve them against worms.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
His leviathans and huge worms and wrecks of ships rot on every shore and in his dunnest deeps amidst pearls and sea-born blooms.
"The Masque of the Elements" by Herman Scheffauer
Their Bark eaten up, and their Ship endangered by the Worm.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
The waters swarm with certain worms that attack the ships' bottoms, and often make them unserviceable in two or three years.
"Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c." by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
Worms wriggled in the cheese and hard bread that was called ship's biscuits.
"The Stronghold" by Miriam Haynie
It is said that ships built from its timber never breeds worms.
"Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2)" by Anonymous
The prince leaps from his ship into the shallow sea, and wades to the rock around which the worm lay coiled.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
And it is related that Biarne, and the sailors with him in the ship, perished in the worm sea.
"The Pre-Columbian Discovery of America by the Northmen" by B. F. De Costa