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woodworm

1. any of various insect larvae that bore into wooden furniture, beams, etc., esp the larvae of the furniture beetle, Anobium punctatum, and the deathwatch beetle
2. the condition caused in wood by any of these larvae
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Barnes's book opens with the morally superior voice of the woodworm for whom "man is a very unevolved species compared to the animals" (28).
And the woodworm eats away at love as much as at the frame of Gericault's painting.
His collection includes the shipwrecked and the excluded as well as the dominant members of the species, the storms afflicting everyone adrift in the sea of life, the vessels we all seek shelter in from such storms and the woodworm eating away at them from within.
Other such connections in "Parenthesis" catch the eye: love will make you unhappy, he asserts, either sooner due to incompatibility, "or unhappy later, when the woodworm has quietly been gnawing away for years and the bishop's throne collapses" (243).