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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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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