from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various terrestrial annelid worms of the class Oligochaeta, especially those of the family Lumbricidae, that burrow into and help aerate and enrich soil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A worm that lives in the ground; a worm of Lumbricidae family, or, more generally, of Lumbricina suborder.
- n. this sense?) (derogatory) A person, particularly one who grovels.
- n. Death.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any worm of the genus Lumbricus and allied genera, found in damp soil. One of the largest and most abundant species in Europe and America is L. terrestris; many others are known; -- called also angleworm and dewworm.
- n. A mean, sordid person; a niggard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of the worms of the family Lumbricidæ (which see), and especially of the genus Lumbricus, of which there are several species, one of the best-known being L. terrestris.
- n. Figuratively, a mean, sordid wretch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. terrestrial worm that burrows into and helps aerate soil; often surfaces when the ground is cool or wet; used as bait by anglers
From earth + worm. Compare German Erdwurm. (Wiktionary)