lugworm

[ luhg-wurm ]
/ ˈlʌgˌwɜrm /

noun

any burrowing annelid of the genus Arenicola, of ocean shores, having tufted gills: used as bait for fishing.

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Also called lug.

Origin of lugworm

First recorded in 1795–1805; lug4 + worm
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British Dictionary definitions for lugworm

lugworm
/ (ˈlʌɡˌwɜːm) /

noun

any polychaete worm of the genus Arenicola, living in burrows on sandy shores and having tufted gills: much used as bait by fishermenSometimes shortened to: lug Also called: lobworm

Word Origin for lugworm

C17: of uncertain origin
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