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[fish-wurm] /ˈfɪʃˌwɜrm/
noun, Chiefly New England and Northern and Midland U.S.
an earthworm.
Origin of fishworm
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; fish + worm
Regional variation note
See earthworm. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We have all known him well from boyhood by several names—angleworm, fishworm, earthworm.

  • What you got last night, sonny, was for your own sake, but this time it's going to be for Frances'—you fishworm!

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott

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