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angleworm

[ang-guh l-wurm]
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noun Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S.
  1. an earthworm, as used for bait in angling.
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Origin of angleworm

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; angle2 + worm

Regional variation note

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  • 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

  • In passin' I saw an angleworm three times the size of a firehose, and a beetle big enough to saddle.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for angleworm

angleworm

noun
  1. an earthworm used as bait by anglers
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