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wriggler

[rig-ler] /ˈrɪg lər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that wriggles.
2.
Also called wiggler, wiggle-tail. the larva of a mosquito.
Origin of wriggler
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; wriggle + -er1
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  • The wriggler has a great deal to do yet before turning into a frog.

    Pond and Stream Arthur Ransome
  • I cannot understand whether he attacks me as a wriggler or a hammerer, but I am very sure that a deal of wriggling has to be done.

  • The wriggler, although heavier than water, can hang suspended from the surface film by the tip of its breathing-tube.

  • The q-b sat next to me, asking for this and that music, none of which the wriggler could supply.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • This baby, like some other babies, is never quiet, but squirms and wriggles so that it is called a wriggler.

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • Within a few days the wriggler changes its skin three times; after the third change it looks very different, and is called a pupa.

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • There was a violent explosion, and the wriggler disappeared in a smear of dirty green.

  • The last of these parts is in the form of a tube, through which the wriggler breathes.

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