lug·​worm | \ ˈləg-ˌwərm How to pronounce lugworm (audio) \

Definition of lugworm

: 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, "Scientists Need Your Help Peeping on the Lugworm’s Weird Mating Habits," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lugworm

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lugworm

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“Lugworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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