from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A polychaete worm of the genus Nereis or the family Nereididae, often used as bait in fishing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as mud-worm.
rag + worm. (Wiktionary)
Smelts are best fished for with tiny hooks tied on fine gut and baited with fragments of shrimp, ragworm, and other delicacies.