Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Habitually eating worms; feeding or subsisting upon worms; vermivorous; in ornithology, noting a number of American warblers of the genera Helmintherus and Helminthophaga (formerly Vermivora), and specifying the worm-eater, Helmintherus vermivorus, a common species of the eastern United States.

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Examples

  • A few specimens of a worm-eating eyeless white "ghost" slug normally found in central Asia have turned up in the UK.

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  • When the worm-eating warbler arrives each sunset to sleep on the inside ledge of my front porch canopy, he always sings for about 10 seconds.

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  • Though many bird species hunt, kill, and eat other animals—from the shrike, a songbird also known as the butcherbird, who kills and then uses thorns to skewer other birds to store them prominently for a later meal and attract a mate, to the worm-eating robin—birds of prey are exclusively predatory.

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  • The understory, especially in areas with rhododendrons and azaleas, hosts worm-eating warblers, and the brilliant hooded warbler is found in lush undergrowth.

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  • For a few scant seconds there he had merely penetrated the ever-present layers of grief and gloom in the bash-and-recover cycles of his life, had reached down through all the worm-eating mollygrubs to where the good stuff was, and had flicked on—just briefly—the afterburners.

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  • There are enough problems with being the kid sidekick of a billionaire vigilante, but when you're named after some wimpy little worm-eating bird?

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  • If I were truly a conspiracy theorist, or if I were a co-conspirator, worm-eating and bathos are precisely what I would supply instead of facts.

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  • Frankly, the abundance of worm-eating and the lack of reporting is as good an argument against unfettered capitalism as you're likely to find.

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  • "But people WANT to watch worm-eating!" you cry; the companies are merely Giving People What They Want!

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  • "But people WANT to watch worm-eating!" you cry; the companies are merely Giving People What They Want!

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