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

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Sandworm is also known for breaking into companies that deal with critical infrastructure. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Meet 5 of the World’s Most Dangerous Hacker Groups," 22 June 2017 Sandworm and Electrum may be the same group or two separate groups working within the same organization, but the forensic evidence shows they are related, said Robert M. Lee, chief executive of Dragos. Ellen Nakashima,, "This Russian cyber weapon could wreak havoc on U.S. power grids, new research says," 12 June 2017 Maine harvesters are by far the U.S.’s largest suppliers of sandworms and bloodworms, twisty, fat critters that can grow longer than a foot and have teeth that inflict a painful bite. Patrick Whittle, The Seattle Times, "Abating bait: Decline in prized worms threatens way of life," 27 Apr. 2017 Sandworms dipped by two thirds, to less than 130,000 pounds. Washington Post, "Abating bait: Decline in prized worms threatens way of life," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of sandworm

1776, in the meaning defined above

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