earth·​worm | \ ˈərth-ˌwərm How to pronounce earthworm (audio) \

Definition of earthworm

: a terrestrial annelid worm (class Oligochaeta) especially : any of a family (Lumbricidae) of numerous widely distributed hermaphroditic worms that move through the soil by means of setae and feed on decaying organic matter

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This is a good thing, as earthworms help build up organic material by pulling leaves into their burrows and pooping. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Hilling potatoes, flowering lettuce, and other reader questions," 4 July 2019 Hammerhead flatworms—so named for their weird, broad heads—are predatory critters that feast on earthworms and, sometimes, on one another. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Hammerhead Flatworms Have Been Quietly Invading France for Two Decades," 26 May 2018 The rows of fangs help the animals capture prey, such as earthworms, which are then swallowed whole. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Caecilians," 27 June 2019 People in and around Louisville are most likely to see Eastern garter snakes, which eat earthworms, and DeKay's brown snakes, which eat slugs. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville is the 'snakiest city' in Kentucky and all this rain has them slithering out," 24 June 2019 Applying to the forehead a plaster of ground-up boiled earthworms encased in linen was another. Sibbie O'sullivan, Washington Post, "Migraines have plagued me for years. A new book puts my pain in perspective.," 10 June 2019 Julie Monahan gets her hands dirty counting earthworms in her Seattle garden. Julie Monahan, Good Housekeeping, "10 Easy Soil Tests," 9 Sep. 2015 In a 2012 video, below, the children can be heard giggling as Jen hands Jeremiah an earthworm. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 2: 'If Not Us, Who?'," 11 Dec. 2018 The nuns feed organic earthworms to the amphibians and use a nearby well to change their water regularly. National Geographic, "Nuns Resurrect Endangered Salamanders in First-of-its-Kind Conservation Effort," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of earthworm

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of earthworm

: a long worm that lives in damp soil


earth·​worm | \ ˈərth-ˌwərm How to pronounce earthworm (audio) \

Kids Definition of earthworm

: a worm that has a long body made up of similar segments and lives in damp soil

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