railroad worm
noun Date: 1909 1. [probably from its dissemination by railroad] apple maggot 2. [from the rows of luminescent spots along its sides making it resemble a lighted train] the larva or wingless female of any of several South American beetles (genus Phrixothrix of the family Cantharidae)

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