sand·​worm ˈsan(d)-ˌwərm How to pronounce sandworm (audio)
: any of various sand-dwelling polychaete worms: such as
: any of several large burrowing worms (especially genus Nereis) often used as bait

Examples of sandworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, and Sharon Duncan-Brewster are all dead by gas, combat, and sandworm (respectively). Vulture, 17 Nov. 2023 After all, nothing kicks off the holiday season like sandworms. Vulture, 24 Aug. 2023 Dune cake with a chocolate sandworm suggestively placed between fondant representations of Arrakis’ two moons. WIRED, 19 Sep. 2023 Timothée Chalamet goes sandworm riding in the first trailer. Vulture, 3 May 2023 However, the biggest treat in the second trailer is Atreides’ travails with the giant sandworms that descend on and swallow anything that walks with rhythm, as well as Chalamet’s ascension as leader of Zendaya’s Fremen colony. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 29 June 2023 There's betrayal, a prophecy concerning a messianic figure, giant sandworms, and battle upon battle, as protagonist Paul Atreides (a duke's son) contends with rival House Harkonnen and strives to defeat the forces of Shaddam IV, Emperor of the Known Universe. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 May 2023 We’re even treated to clips of Atreides mounting a giant sandworm, and sharing a special kiss with Chani. Alli Rosenbloom, CNN, 3 May 2023 Eager to get revenge on those who destroyed his family, and simultaneously help the Fremen overthrow their colonial oppressors, Paul gets to learning the ways of the desert, with the trailer featuring an extended look at his first big ride on a giant sandworm. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sandworm was in 1776

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“Sandworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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