Share this entry

Share this page

bloodworm

Syllabification: blood·worm
Pronunciation: /ˈblədwərm
 
/

Definition of bloodworm in English:

noun

1The bright red aquatic larva of a nonbiting midge, the blood of which contains hemoglobin that allows it to live in poorly oxygenated water.
  • Genus Chironomus, family Chironomidae
Example sentences
  • We get everything from herbivorous reptiles to aquatic animals that eat bloodworms.
  • You'll need to check to see if bloodworm is allowed as it is banned on some venues.
  • With a few truly bizarre exceptions (such as the chironomid bloodworms that breed in sewage), insects don't even have hemoglobin.
2 another term for tubifex.

Definition of bloodworm in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day verbose
Pronunciation: vəːˈbəʊs
adjective
using more words than are needed…