Lugworm



[luhg-wurm] /ˈlʌgˌwɜrm/

noun
1.
any burrowing annelid of the genus Arenicola, of ocean shores, having tufted gills: used as bait for fishing.
/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
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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