from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An earthworm found on or near the surface of the ground and used as fishing bait.
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Now these be most of them particularly good for particular fishes: but for the Trout the dew-worm, (which some also cal the Lob-worm) and the Brandling are the chief; and especially the first for a great Trout, and the later for a lesse.
The Seraph, quick as a robin, was the first to pounce upon a large, but active dew-worm, which, he announced, was
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.
Most of these remedies are not sold anymore, but the display on old shelves is impressive: dried frogs 'legs, pike's eyes, powder supposedly from the mythical unicorn, black cat's blood, the grease of dirty sheep's wool, pieces of an overseas mummy, dew-worm in oil, burned bees, wolf's gut and rabbit hearts -- the last prescribed to restore sanity.
Now these be most of them particularly good for particular fishes: but for the _Trout_ the _dew-worm_, (which some also cal the _Lob-worm_) and the _Brandling_ are the chief; and especially the first for a great