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lugworm Syllabification: lug·worm
Pronunciation: /ˈləɡˌwərm/

Definition of lugworm in English:


A bristle worm that lives in muddy sand. It is widely used as bait for fishing.
  • Genus Arenicola, class Polychaeta: several species, including the northern lugworm, A. marina, which leaves characteristic worm casts on lower shores
Example sentences
  • Areas exhibiting mixed sand and mud constitute a relatively stable substrate in which typical sand-living animals, such as sand gapers, lugworms, and razor shells, dwell.
  • Several other anglers also caught early Pouting using mostly lugworm and ragworm baits presented on three hook rigs clipped down to gain a little extra distance.
  • Anglers had a selection of baits with them lugworm, ragworm mackerel, sandeel and peeler crab to catch that winning fish.


Early 19th century: from earlier lug 'lugworm' (of unknown origin) + worm.

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