American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A worm, such as an earthworm, that is used as bait in fishing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A worm used for bait in angling; an earthworm.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A earthworm of the genus Lumbricus, frequently used by anglers for bait. See earthworm.
- n. terrestrial worm that burrows into and helps aerate soil; often surfaces when the ground is cool or wet; used as bait by anglers
- angle + worm (Wiktionary)
“(James) Garfield has shown that he is not possessed of the backbone of an angleworm," said Ulysses S.”
“Joe climbed in, sat with his thighs stretched wide, knees over the rests, heels braced-not too comfortable as he was not angleworm-limber the way she was.”
“Now when the sick man is told by his own physician to discard angleworm poultices, and herbs plucked in the dark of the moon, on which he had formerly relied, it is any wonder that he has ended by being suspicious also of calomel and ipecac, with which they were formerly classed?”
“After trying them a short time, and ascertaining that the trout paid little attention to the feathery lure, practical Jerry actually descended to the plebian angleworm, though he blushed when Frank came over to watch him.”
“If we only had a canoe up here what a great time we'd have fishing," said Josh, who was particularly fond of casting a fly for a trout or bass, and scorned to use the humble angleworm, as ordinary fishermen do.”
“A man could even exhibit an angleworm in a bottle and call it the infant anaconda, and escape being lynched.”
“Meanwhile Henry fished out a line and an envelope of hooks from an inner pocket, cut a springy pole back on the hillside, rigged his line and hook, and kicked a hole in the soft, rich soil until he unearthed a fat angleworm.”
“Elzbieta was one of the primitive creatures: like the angleworm, which goes on living though cut in half; like a hen, which, deprived of her chickens one by one, will mother the last that is left her.”
“To the gods in Olympus it would have appeared to have all the characteristic color and shape of an angleworm, without, however, enjoying that reptile's excellent good health.”
“Each hair was about the bigness of a large angleworm, and as the thing moved the muscles of its scalp this awful head-covering seemed to writhe and wriggle and crawl about the fearsome face as though indeed each separate hair was endowed with independent life.”
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