• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flag-worm a worm or grub bred among flags or reeds
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. obscure; cf. Dut. flag.


In literature:

He loves also Paste, Flag-Worms, Wasps, Green-Flies, Butter-Flies and a Grass-hopper, without Legs.
"The School of Recreation (1696 edition)" by Robert Howlett
He loves also Paste, Flag-Wormes, Wasps, Green-Flies, Butter-Flies, and a Grass-hopper, without Leggs.
"The School of Recreation (1684 edition)" by Robert Howlett
Sweet-Flag deteriorates with age and is subject to the attacks of worms.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

In poetry:

If at night, when doors are shut,
And the wood-worm picks,
And the death-watch ticks,
And the bar has a flag of smut,
And a cat's in the water-butt—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning