bloodworm

[bluhd-wurm]
noun
1.
any of several red or red-blooded annelid worms, especially various earthworms.
2.
the freshwater larva of midges.

Origin:
1735–45; blood + worm

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bloodworm (ˈblʌdˌwɜːm)
 
n
1.  the red wormlike aquatic larva of the midge, Chironomus plumosus, which lives at the bottom of stagnant pools and ditches
2.  a freshwater oligochaete tubifex worm
3.  any of several small reddish worms used as angling bait

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bloodworm

any of certain bright red, segmented, aquatic worms of the phylum Annelida. Included are worms of the genus Tubifex, also known as sludge worms (class Oligochaeta, family Tubificidae), which are used as a tropical-fish food. The proboscis worm Glycera (class Polychaeta, family Glyceridae) is sometimes called bloodworm. G. dibranchiata is found along the eastern coast of North America. It grows to 37 centimetres (about 15 inches) in length

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Top baits are bloodworm, peeler crab and squid but it seems the fish's favorite changes with the tide.
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