earthworm

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noun earth·worm \ˈərth-ˌwərm\

Definition of earthworm

  1. :  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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First Known Use of earthworm

14th century


EARTHWORM Defined for English Language Learners

earthworm

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Definition of earthworm for English Language Learners

  • : a long worm that lives in damp soil


EARTHWORM Defined for Kids

earthworm

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noun earth·worm \ˈərth-ˌwərm\

Definition of earthworm for Students

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



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