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[ang-guh l-wurm] /ˈæŋ gəlˌwɜrm/
noun, Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S.
an earthworm, as used for bait in angling.
Origin of angleworm
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; angle2 + worm
Regional variation note
See earthworm. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In passin' I saw an angleworm three times the size of a firehose, and a beetle big enough to saddle.

    Operation Earthworm Joe Archibald
  • They bring us our chow and say it is angleworm and hellgrammite porridge as that is what the Subterro denizens live on mostly.

    Operation Earthworm Joe Archibald
  • He was about six inches long and had a funny, short, pinkish-white, naked tail that at once reminded Peter of an angleworm.

  • A man could even exhibit an angleworm in a bottle and call it the infant anaconda, and escape being lynched.

  • Grumpy Weasel was quick to see that fat Mrs. Hen swallowed every word he said as greedily as if it had been an angleworm.

    The Tale of Grumpy Weasel Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Stacy came out squirming like an angleworm being pulled from the ground after a spring rain.

  • Then, picking up a sharp stick, she resolutely set to work to unearth an angleworm.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
  • And yet, compared to the life of an angleworm, condemned to the darkness forever, what an interesting career!

    Book of Monsters

    David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
  • It was only the hens looking for something to eat—a bit of grain amid the straw, or perhaps an angleworm.

    The Tale of Chirpy Cricket

    Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for angleworm


an earthworm used as bait by anglers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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