lug·​worm ˈləg-ˌwərm How to pronounce lugworm (audio)
: any of a genus (Arenicola) of marine polychaete worms that have a row of tufted gills along each side of the back and are used for bait

Examples of lugworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lugworm, a slimy red-tinged critter that is often used as fishing bait, can be found on beaches across the British Isles and northwest Europe. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lugworm was in 1802

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“Lugworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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