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  1. any of several red or red-blooded annelid worms, especially various earthworms.
  2. the freshwater larva of midges.
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Origin of bloodworm

First recorded in 1735–45; blood + worm
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Examples from the Web for bloodworm

Historical Examples

  • It is much like the bloodworm in appearance and structure, but its body is greenish instead of red.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for bloodworm


  1. the red wormlike aquatic larva of the midge, Chironomus plumosus, which lives at the bottom of stagnant pools and ditches
  2. a freshwater oligochaete tubifex worm
  3. any of several small reddish worms used as angling bait
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