lug-worm

lugworm

[luhg-wurm]
noun
any burrowing annelid of the genus Arenicola, of ocean shores, having tufted gills: used as bait for fishing.
Also called lug.


Origin:
1795–1805; lug4 + worm

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lugworm (ˈlʌɡˌwɜːm)
 
n
Sometimes shortened to: lug, Also called: lobworm any polychaete worm of the genus Arenicola, living in burrows on sandy shores and having tufted gills: much used as bait by fishermen
 
[C17: of uncertain origin]

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lugworm
c.1600, from lug, probably a Celtic word unrelated to lug (n.) or lug (v.) (the first recorded use is in a Cornwall context) + worm.
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