Definitions for earthwormˈɜrθˌwɜrm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earthworm, angleworm, fishworm, fishing worm, wiggler, nightwalker, nightcrawler, crawler, dew worm, red worm(noun)

    terrestrial worm that burrows into and helps aerate soil; often surfaces when the ground is cool or wet; used as bait by anglers

Wiktionary

  1. earthworm(Noun)

    A worm that lives in the ground; a worm of Lumbricidae family, or, more generally, of Lumbricina suborder.

  2. earthworm(Noun)

    A disparaging reference to a person, particularly one who grovels.

  3. earthworm(Noun)

    A figurative reference to death.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earthworm(noun)

    any worm of the genus Lumbricus and allied genera, found in damp soil. One of the largest and most abundant species in Europe and America is L. terrestris; many others are known; -- called also angleworm and dewworm

  2. Earthworm(noun)

    a mean, sordid person; a niggard

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  1. Earthworm

    An earthworm is a tube-shaped, segmented animal that is commonly found living in soil, feeding on live and dead organic matter. Its digestive system runs through the length of its body. It conducts respiration through its skin. An earthworm has a double transport system composed of coelomic fluid that moves within the fluid filled coelom and a simple, closed blood circulatory system. It has a central and a peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system consists of two ganglia above the mouth, one on either side, connected to a nerve chord running back along its length to motor neurons and sensory cells in each segment. Large numbers of chemoreceptors are concentrated near its mouth. Circumferential and longitudinal muscles on the periphery of each segment enable the worm to move. Similar sets of muscles line the gut and their actions move the digesting food toward the worm's anus. Earthworms are hermaphrodites—each individual carries both male and female sex organs. As an invertebrate it lacks a skeleton, but it maintains its structure with fluid-filled coelom chambers that function as a hydrostatic skeleton. "Earthworm" is the common name for the largest members of Oligochaeta in the phylum Annelida. In classical systems they were placed in the order Opisthopora, on the basis of the male pores opening posterior to the female pores, even though the internal male segments are anterior to the female. Theoretical cladistic studies have placed them instead in the suborder Lumbricina of the order Haplotaxida, but this may again soon change. Folk names for the earthworm include "dew-worm", "Rainworm", "night crawler" and "angleworm".

Anagrams of earthworm

  1. heartworm


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