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Worms
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As late as the 18th cent., Carl von Linné combined the different phyla of Plathelminthes (flatworms), Nemertini (ribbon worms) and Nemathelminthes (roundworms) into the single phylum of Vermes. Only a very few representatives were known in Antiquity, almost all parasites, with confusion between true worms and worm-like maggots and larval forms being common. By σκώληξ/skṓlēx, τερηδών/terēdṓn, εὐλή/eulḗ, ἴψ/íps and ἡ ἕλμι(ν)ς/ hē hélmi(n)s both insect larvae or maggots as well as worms can therefore be meant.

1. Common Earthworms (Lumbricus terrestris), ἔντερα …

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Worms”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12211990>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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