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Hair Eels

These filiform worms belong to the species Gordius aquaticus, found in stagnant pools. Their resemblance to wriggling hairs has given rise to the not uncommon belief that a hair, if left in water for nine days, will turn into an cel.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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