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tapeworm

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Definition long ribbonlike flatworms that are parasitic in the intestines of humans and other vertebrates
  • Tapeworms spread through the eating of undercooked, infected meat.
  • His appetite was appalling, and he told me so many times to stop pestering him I consulted Atticus: "Reckon he's got a tapeworm?"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tapeworm = parasitic worm in the intestines
  • "I'm always hungry," I said, "because I got a tapeworm."
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • tapeworm = long ribbonlike, parasitic flatworm that can inhabit the human intestine
  • As for Tapeworm, the Charge d'Affaires, he rose up in his box and bowed and simpered, as if he would represent the whole empire.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • In pain, half starved, with a tapeworm and an eye infection, he collapsed on the road to town and was taken to the infirmary by a kindly widow.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Did anyone ever use tapeworms?
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The password's still 'tapeworm'!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • At SIS-C slaughterhouses, visibly diseased animals cattle infected with measles and tapeworms, covered with abscesses were being slaughtered.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • At least I don't look like a tapeworm, or, Has it ever occurred to you that you're allergic to life?
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • If you want an analogy, just think of a tapeworm virus... one of the old kind... that's chewing up the data in your comlog... backward from the last entry.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • You told me that the Essenes thought that tapeworms were demons.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • In it was the egg of a tapeworm.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Among the rest was a dried tapeworm.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He covered everything from toothpaste to tapeworms and somehow made it all fit together.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • He had done parasitic research all over the world; his work had led to the discovery of the Brazilian tapeworm, Taenia renzi, which he had characterized in a paper in 1953.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Or a tapeworm.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Even the minister with the waistcoat and fob watch would, when he was ill, throw a nettala over his coat, cram eucalyptus leaf up his nose, take an extra dose of kosso for tapeworm, and then hurry over to be seen.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • You're here too, Gogochka, Goosey-Goosey-Gander" (this to a distant relative of the Gromekos', an enthusiastic admirer of all rising talents, known as Goosey because of his idiot laugh and as the Tapeworm on account of his lankiness).
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Tereza took pleasure in their antics and could not help thinking (it is an idea that kept coming back to her during her two years in the country) that man is as much a parasite on the cow as the tapeworm is on man: We have sucked their udders like leeches.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • He was fond of inviting them to tea; and, though vowing they never got a look in with him at the cakes and muffins, for it was the fashion to believe that his corpulence pointed to a voracious appetite, and his voracious appetite to tapeworms, they accepted his invitations with real pleasure.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage

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