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  1. a small, reddish-brown earthworm, Eisenia foetida, having yellow markings, found chiefly in manure piles and used as bait.
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Origin of brandling

First recorded in 1645–55; brand + -ling1
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Examples from the Web for brandling

Historical Examples

  • Glancing over the letter, Mr. Brandling said, “George, this will never do.”

    Lives of the Engineers

    Samuel Smiles

  • But Brandling saw that his chance was nigh; he galloped forward to the point marked C on the map, unlimbered, and stood intent.

  • Brandling and his officers held their flasks to the poor fellows' mouths as long as the contents lasted.

  • My mother-in-law and her second husband, Mr. Brandling, were among our frequent visitors.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey

  • Glancing over the letter, Mr. Brandling said, "George, this will never do."

British Dictionary definitions for brandling


  1. a small red earthworm, Eisenia foetida (or Helodrilus foetidus), found in manure and used as bait by anglers
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Word Origin

C17: from brand + -ling 1
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