guinea-worm

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guinea worm ‎(plural guinea-worms)

  1. A long, white parasitic worm, Dracunculus medinensis, which can live in the human skin.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 889:
      the rishta-doctors patiently removing guinea-worms, making an incision, trapping the three-foot-long creature's head in a cleft at the end of a stick, and then slowly winding it out of the incision