Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird or other animal that habitually eats or lives upon worms; specifically, the worm-eating warbler of the United States, Helmintherus vermivorus. See worm-eating and Vermivora. Edwards; Latham.

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Examples

  • I wondered how they worked that out, with Maddy's head swarming with snakes, and Niko being a worm-eater.

    Women Making Love to Monsters

  • “Ought to chase the dirty worm-eater with sticks and rocks.”

    Falling In

  • To finish the shocking description, in a dark nook stood an old broken-bottomed cane couch, without a squab, or coverlid, sunk at one corner, and unmortised by the failing of one of its worm-eater legs, which lay in two pieces under the wretched piece of furniture it could no longer support.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • This bird is classed among the flycatchers, but is much more of a worm-eater, and has few of the traits or habits of the _Muscicapa_ or the true _Sylvia_.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866

  • The red-eye is classed among the flycatchers by some writers, but is much more of a worm-eater, and has few of the traits or habits of the _Muscicapa_ or the true _Sylvia_.

    In the Catskills Selections from the Writings of John Burroughs

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