lugworm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lugworm marine worms having a row of tufted gills along each side of the back; often used for fishing bait
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lugworm (Zoöl) A large marine annelid (Arenicola marina) having a row of tufted gills along each side of the back. It is found burrowing in sandy beaches, both in America and Europe, and is used for bait by European fishermen. Called also lobworm, and baitworm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lugworm An annelid of the family Arenicolidæ, inhabiting the sea-shore. A common species is Arenicola piscatorum, a large worm, 8 or 10 inches long, much used for bait. It belongs to a different order from the earthworm proper, though its habits are similar. It crawls through sandy and muddy soil, eating its way as it goes, and leaving in its wake coiled casts of the soil thus passed through its body. The head is large, eyeless and jawless, with a proboscis; the gills are thirteen pairs of gaily colored tufts, and the rings of the body are furnished with bristles like those of other chætopod worms. Also called lobworm and lugbait.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lugworm lug′wurm a sluggish worm found in the sand on the sea-shore, much used for bait by fishermen
    • Lugworm Also Lobworm
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st lug, + worm,

Usage

In literature:

The worst part of this performance was digging the bait of lugworms on the little beach of Crevichon.
"Jethou" by E. R. Suffling
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