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 for Basket worm
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Basket \Bas"ket\, n. [Of unknown origin. The modern Celtic words
     seem to be from the English.]
     1. A vessel made of osiers or other twigs, cane, rushes,
        splints, or other flexible material, interwoven. "Rude
        baskets . . . woven of the flexile willow." --Dyer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The contents of a basket; as much as a basket contains;
        as, a basket of peaches.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Arch.) The bell or vase of the Corinthian capital.
        [Improperly so used.] --Gwilt.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. The two back seats facing one another on the outside of a
        stagecoach. [Eng.] --Goldsmith.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. A container shaped like a basket[1], even if made of solid
        material rather than woven; -- the top is often, but not
        always, open and without a lid.
        [PJC]
  
     6. a vessel suspended below a balloon, designed to carry
        people or measuring instruments for scientific research.
  
     Note: The earliest balloons designed to carry people often
           had small vessels of woven flexible vegetable materials
           to hold the passengers, which resembled large
           baskets[1], from which the name was derived.
           [PJC]
  
     7. (Basketball) A goal[3] consisting of a short cylindrical
        net suspended from a circular rim, which itself is
        attached at about ten feet above floor level to a
        backboard, placed at the end of a basketball court. In
        professional basketball, two such baskets are used, one at
        each end of the court, and each team may score only by
        passing the ball though its own basket. In informal games,
        only one such basket is often used.
        [PJC]
  
     8. (Basketball) An instance of scoring points by throwing the
        basketball through the basket; as, he threw four baskets
        in the first quarter; -- the ball must pass through the
        basket from above in order to score points.
        [PJC]
  
     Basket fish (Zool.), an ophiuran of the genus
        Astrophyton, having the arms much branched. See
        Astrophyton.
  
     Basket hilt, a hilt with a covering wrought like basketwork
        to protect the hand. --Hudibras. Hence,
  
     Basket-hilted, a.
  
     Basket work, work consisting of plaited osiers or twigs.
  
     Basket worm (Zool.), a lepidopterous insect of the genus
        Thyridopteryx and allied genera, esp. Thyridopteryx
        ephemer[ae]formis. The larva makes and carries about a
        bag or basket-like case of silk and twigs, which it
        afterwards hangs up to shelter the pupa and wingless adult
        females.
  
     collection basket, a small basket[1] mounted on the end of
        a pole, used in churches to collect donations from those
        attending a church service; -- the long pole allows the
        collector to hold the basket in front of those at the end
        of the pew, while the collector remains in the aisle.
  
     waste basket, a basket[4] used to hold waste matter, such
        as discarded paper, commonly shaped like a truncated cone,
        with the wide end open and at the top. Vessels of other
        shapes, such as oblong containers, are also called waste
        baskets.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

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