red worm


variants or less commonly redworm
plural red worms also redworms
: any of several reddish-brown annelid worms (such as Eisenia fetida, E. andrei, and Lumbricus rubellus) that are typically found in decaying organic material and that are commonly cultivated for use in vermicomposting or as bait
Many experienced fisher folk have embarked on the venture of growing their own fishing worms, which saves money and is very convenient. … Red worms are, in this writer's experience, some of the easiest live bait to grow yourself.Jeanette Gibson
see red wiggler

Examples of red worm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a nod to all the early-rising anglers looking for a more convenient way to prep for a trip, Walmart will now deliver live nightcrawlers and red worms to your front door as early as 6 a.m. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 3 Apr. 2024 It is thought the red worm could have been in the woman’s brain for up to two months, added the outlet. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2023 In particular, yellow perch suffer from red worms, which are between 2 and 2½ inches long. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 27 May 2020 Then just adopt about a pound of red worms or red wigglers from your local pet or garden store, have the kids feed them leafy scraps and peels, and let the pooping begin. Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh, National Geographic, 24 Dec. 2019 Bluegill fishing is good off of Eight Mile Road with jumbo red worms. sacbee, 23 Apr. 2018 Crappie are showing up in the south Delta sloughs with small to medium minnows along with mini-jigs while bluegill to 1.5 pounds are abundant on waxworms or jumbo red worms on a drop-shot presentation. Bee Staff, sacbee, 26 Feb. 2018 Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: variable generation; trout fair to good on shrimp or PowerBait (during low flows), also drifting sculpins, red worms or pink Power Worms (during high flows). Bruce Janssen, kansascity, 11 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red worm was in the 15th century

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“Red worm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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red worm

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