any one of numerous annelid worms that burrow in soil and feed on soil nutrients and decaying organic matter.
Archaic. a mean or groveling person.
any of numerous oligochaete worms of the genera Lumbricus, Allolobophora, Eisenia, etc, which burrow in the soil and help aerate and break up the ground related adjective lumbricoid
1590s, from earth + worm (n.). In this sense Old English had eorðmata, also regnwyrm, literally “rain-worm.” Old English also had angel-twæcce “earthworm used as bait,” with second element from root of twitch, sometimes used in medieval times as a medicament.
For the blake Jawndes take angylltwacches, er þei go in to the erth in the mornynge and fry hem. Take ix or x small angyltwacches, and bray hem, and giff the syke to drynke fastynge, with stale ale, but loke þat thei bene grounden so small that þe syke may nat se, ne witt what it is, for lothynge. [Book of Medical Recipes in Medical Society of London Library, c.1450]
[ur-thee] /ˈɜr θi/ adjective, earthier, earthiest. 1. of the nature of or consisting of or soil. 2. characteristic of : an earthy smell. 3. realistic; practical. 4. coarse or unrefined: an earthy sense of humor. 5. direct; robust; unaffected: an earthy, generous woman. 6. (of a mineral) having a dull luster and rough to the […]
noun 1. a trumpet-shaped device held to the ear for collecting and intensifying sounds and once commonly used as an aid to hearing. noun 1. a trumpet-shaped instrument that amplifies sounds and is held to the ear: an old form of hearing aid
noun 1. a tuft of long feathers above the eyes of some owls and other birds that becomes erect when the bird is excited or afraid but is not used in hearing.
[eer-waks] /ˈɪərˌwæks/ noun 1. a yellowish, waxlike secretion from certain glands in the external auditory canal; cerumen. /ˈɪəˌwæks/ noun 1. the nontechnical name for cerumen n. late 14c., from ear (n.1) + wax (n.). earwax ear·wax (ēr’wāks’) n. A waxlike secretion of certain glands lining the canal of the external ear; cerumen.