sand·​worm | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌwərm How to pronounce sandworm (audio) \

Definition of sandworm

: any of various sand-dwelling polychaete worms: such as
a : any of several large burrowing worms (especially genus Nereis) often used as bait
b : lugworm

Examples of sandworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Speaking of worms, the protagonist of the fourth book, God Emperor of Dune, is a 3,000-year-old human-sandworm hybrid who rules the galaxy with an iron fist. Nate Jones, Vulture, 26 Oct. 2021 The Denis Villeneuve film also debuted Thursday on HBO Max, which likely took a sandworm-sized bite out of ticket sales. Sara Netzley,, 24 Oct. 2021 By the end of Children of Dune, one character has begun to transform themself into a human-sandworm hybrid that becomes the title character of God Emperor of Dune. Christian Holub,, 27 Oct. 2021 Villeneuve’s sandworm opus debuted on the ad-free version of HBO Max on Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 What did the first critics to lay eyes on the latest version of the sandworm have to say? Meredith Woerner, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 The sandworm is the stuff of nightmares, but Villeneuve’s vision of it has a shivery elegance. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 3 Sep. 2021 Chalamet's Atreides has a near brush with desert death from an incoming massive sandworm, saved by a heroic Gurney. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2021 If you're blessed with an actual lawn (my Brooklyn apartment has no such thing) and the spooky spirit, please do yourself a favor and buy this ridiculous sandworm and display it proudly. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sandworm

1776, in the meaning defined above

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“Sandworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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