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red worm

or redworm

noun
1.
North Central, South Midland, and Southern U.S. an earthworm.
Origin of red worm
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50
Regional variation note
See earthworm.
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  • It means also a red worm used for a bait in angling or fishing.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • In a little week, the hand which I then gazed on, would be a banquet for the red worm of the grave.

  • Then the suit went gliding over a stilled tangle of red worm bodies.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • The phrase used by a person who threatens arson is, "I will make the red worm creep into your roof."

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • A small marsh worm is considered best, but a brandling or a red worm will answer; or in a flood the tail half of a lob worm.

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