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lugworm

[luhg-wurm] /ˈlʌgˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
any burrowing annelid of the genus Arenicola, of ocean shores, having tufted gills: used as bait for fishing.
Also called lug.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; lug4 + worm
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lugworm

/ˈlʌɡˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
any polychaete worm of the genus Arenicola, living in burrows on sandy shores and having tufted gills: much used as bait by fishermen Sometimes shortened to lug Also called lobworm
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for lug-worm

lugworm

n.

c.1600, from lug, probably a Celtic word (the first recorded use is in a Cornwall context) unrelated to lug (n.) or lug (v.) + worm. But OED suggests connection with lug (v.) on the notion of "heavy, clumsy."

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Encyclopedia Article for lug-worm

lugworm

(genus Arenicola), any of several marine worms (class Polychaeta, phylum Annelida) that burrow deep into the sandy sea bottom or intertidal areas and are often quite large. Fishermen use them as bait. Adult lugworms of the coast of Europe (e.g., A. marina) attain lengths of about 23 cm (9 inches). The lugworm of the coasts of North America (A. cristata) ranges in length from 7.5 to 30 cm.

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