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1. Any of various marine polychaete worms of the genus Glycera, having bright red bodies and often used for bait.
2. Any of various freshwater larvae of certain midges that are red as a result of the high hemoglobin content of their blood.
3. Any of various parasitic worms of the genus Strongylus that infect the intestinal systems of horses. Also called redworm.


1. (Animals) the red wormlike aquatic larva of the midge, Chironomus plumosus, which lives at the bottom of stagnant pools and ditches
2. (Animals) a freshwater oligochaete tubifex worm
3. (Fishing) any of several small reddish worms used as angling bait



1. any of several small red annelid worms, esp. various earthworms.
2. the freshwater larva of midges.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bloodworm - a segmented marine worm with bright red body; often used for bait
polychaete, polychaete worm, polychete, polychete worm - chiefly marine annelids possessing both sexes and having paired appendages (parapodia) bearing bristles
genus Polycirrus, Polycirrus - genus of soft-bodied polychete marine worms
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Live food consisted of mosquito larva, blood worm and tubifex which were supplied at the rate of 6% and 5% per body weight respectively at every 8 hours and formulated feed were supplied at the rate of 8% per body weight at every 12 hours.
Arran Langley went home to Risca with a four-fish 10lb catch after casting a daddy longlegs fly and Cardiff anglers John and Phil Golding used blood worm patterns for their matching bags.
After studying the water he chose gold-heads, to sink his flies, using a blood worm pattern, with one on the point, and a second about two to three feet above.
Fly box: Nymphs, Viva, Black Buzzer, Hares ear, and Blood worm.
Among fishermen, the common names are used interchange-ably--clam worm, rag worm, sand worm, blood worm.
We found a blood worm, a pond snail, some water mites and a water boatman.
The blood worm is the only known organism "that dares to mess with such high levels" of this element, says Herbert University of California at Santa Barbara.
Fishing with blood worm and joker,he managed to weigh in 4-6- 10.
For instance, salmon get to learn that food is really something like a blood worm and not a pellet that arrives from nowhere at the surface of a tank.
Patterns: Blood Worm, Dawson's Olive, Nomad, Cat's Whisker.