lugworm
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1802 any of a genus (Arenicola) of marine polychaete worms that have a row of tufted gills along each side of the back and are used for bait

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  • lugworm — ► NOUN ▪ a bristle worm living in muddy sand and leaving characteristic worm casts, used as fishing bait. ORIGIN from earlier lug lugworm , of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • Lugworm — Lug worm , n. [1st lug + worm.] (Zo[ o]l.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lugworm — c.1600, from lug, probably a Celtic word (the first recorded use is in a Cornwall context) unrelated to lug (n.) or lug (v.) + WORM (Cf. worm). But OED suggests connection with lug (v.) on the notion of heavy, clumsy …   Etymology dictionary

  • lugworm — [lug′wʉrm΄] n. [ LUG3 + WORM] any of a family (Arenicolidae) of polychaetous worms that burrow into sandy seashores and are used for bait …   English World dictionary

  • Lugworm — Taxobox | name = Lugworm image width = 240px image caption = Lugworm, Arenicola marina , casts on the beach at Ballyholme, Northern Ireland regnum = Animalia phylum = Annelida classis = Polychaeta ordo = Capitellida familia = Arenicolidae genus …   Wikipedia

  • lugworm — /lug werrm /, n. any burrowing annelid of the genus Arenicola, of ocean shores, having tufted gills: used as bait for fishing. Also called lug. [1795 1805; LUG4 + WORM] * * * ▪ polychaete genus       (genus Arenicola), any of several marine worms …   Universalium

  • lugworm — noun A large marine worm of the phylum Annelida, whose coiled castings can often be seen on beaches at low tide. Syn: sandworm …   Wiktionary

  • lugworm — lug|worm [ˈlʌgwə:m US wə:rm] n BrE a small ↑worm that lives in sand by the sea, often used to catch fish …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lugworm — n. marine worm with short stiff hair used as fishing bait …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lugworm — noun a bristle worm living in muddy sand and leaving characteristic worm casts, widely used as fishing bait. [Arenicola marina.] Origin C19: from earlier lug (of unknown origin) + worm …   English new terms dictionary

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