from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The active blood-colored or scarlet larva of the species of Chironomus, found in the rain-water of tanks and cisterns.
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'blood-worm' of our pools; he describes them wriggling about like tiny bits of red weed, in the water of some half-empty well; and he explains, finally, the change by which they become stiff and motionless and hard, until a husk breaks away and the little gnat is seen sitting upon it; and by and by the sun's heat or a puff of wind starts it off, and away it flies.
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