Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A common reddish-brown earthworm (Eisenia foetida) often used as fish bait.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The young or parr of the salmon, so named from its markings being, as it were, branded
  • n. A small, red worm used for bait in fresh-water fishing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as branlin, fish and worm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The smolt, or salmon of the first year.
  • n. A small red worm of the family Lumbricidæ, Lumbricus fætidus, related to the earthworm, but with the body banded with a alternate brown and yellow segments. It especially harbors in old dunghills, and is used for bait in freshwater fishing. Alos called bramble-worm.
  • n. Alos written branlin.

Etymologies

brand (from its markings) + -ling1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And of worms; the dunghill worm called a brandling I take to be best, being well scoured in moss or fennel; or he will bite at a worm that lies under cow-dung, with a bluish head.

    The Compleat Angler : or, The Contemplative Man`s Recreation

  • Is very vigorous and strong for its size, delights in rapid streams, takes the same baits and flies as the Trout, but when the water is low and the weather hot, is exceedingly fond of the maggot, or brandling worm.

    The Teesdale Angler

  • The species of worm used for vermicomposting has a number of common names: red worms, red wigglers, manure worms, or brandling worms.

    Organic Gardener's Composting

  • Not comfortable writing about something I had not done, I built a small worm box, obtained a pound or so of brandling worms, made bedding, added worms, and began feeding the contents of my kitchen compost bucket to the box.

    Organic Gardener's Composting

  • If the variety being offered is _Eisenia foetida, _ the brandling, red wiggler, or manure worm used in vermicomposting, adding them to soil is a complete waste of money.

    Organic Gardener's Composting

  • Ay: you may gape like a brace of guddled brandling:

    Krindlesyke

  • And which is more, in differences about points of faith, which are pretended on both sides to be fundamental, this church hath not thought fit to put an end to them by her infallible decision, after two hundred years brandling about them.

    The Works of Dr. John Tillotson, Late Archbishop of Canterbury. Vol. 05.

  • But for the Trout, the dew-worm, which some also call the lob-worm, and the brandling, are the chief; and especially the first for a great Trout, and the latter for a less.

    The Compleat Angler : or, The Contemplative Man`s Recreation

  • And when your worms, especially the brandling, begins to be sick and lose of his bigness, then you may recover him, by putting a little milk or cream, about a spoonful in a day, into them, by drops on the moss; and if there be added to the cream an egg beaten and boiled in it, then it will both fatten and preserve them long.

    The Compleat Angler : or, The Contemplative Man`s Recreation

  • And note, that when the knot, which is near to the middle of the brandling, begins to swell, then he is sick; and, if he be not well looked to, is near dying.

    The Compleat Angler : or, The Contemplative Man`s Recreation

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