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A worm, such as an earthworm, that is used as bait in fishing.
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(Angling) an earthworm used as bait by anglers
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(ˈæŋ gəlˌwɜrm)

an earthworm, as used for bait in angling.
[1825–35, Amer.]
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Noun1.angleworm - terrestrial worm that burrows into and helps aerate soilangleworm - terrestrial worm that burrows into and helps aerate soil; often surfaces when the ground is cool or wet; used as bait by anglers
oligochaete, oligochaete worm - hermaphroditic terrestrial and aquatic annelids having bristles borne singly along the length of the body
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References in classic literature ?
Each hair is about the thickness of a large angleworm. The body, legs and feet are of human shape but of monstrous proportions, the feet being fully three feet long and very flat and broad.
Each hair was about the bigness of a large angleworm, and as the thing moved the muscles of its scalp this awful head-covering seemed to writhe and wriggle and crawl about the fearsome face as though indeed each separate hair was endowed with independent life.
It would be futile to attempt to describe them to Earth men, since substance is the only thing which they possess in common with any creature of the past or present with which you are familiar--even their venom is of an unearthly virulence that, by comparison, would make the cobra de capello seem quite as harmless as an angleworm.
Elzbieta was one of the primitive creatures: like the angleworm, which goes on living though cut in half; like a hen, which, deprived of her chickens one by one, will mother the last that is left her.
Angleworms are rarely to be met with in these parts, where the soil was never fattened with manure; the race is nearly extinct.
It would appear that our brains need them and that our cultures are structured upon them, One is either dead or alive, Food is either raw or cooked, That at least is the way we look at reality and make sense of it, Emily Dickinson did not have to read Claude Levi-Straus's Le Cru et le cuit (Paris: Editions Plon, 1964, The Raw and the Cooked, New York : Octagon Books, 1969), She knew that there is an unbridgeable gap between culture and nature, She will never understand, for instance, the bird of Poem 328, It eats the angleworm "raw," and never shows the slightest interest in the poet's "crumb" ...
So did the senses of an angleworm. That being the case, your natural vision under a dark sky is probably the closest you can come to cosmic reality, at least for interpreting it in ways that mesh properly with the rest of your world.
Maybe, one animal like bat or angleworm can live major part of their life in non-light condition, but any plant can't grow without light.
Do fishermen employ an angledog, angleworm, baitworm, earthworm, eaceworm, fishworm, mudworm, rainworm, or redworm?
He bit an Angleworm in halves And ate the fellow, raw, And then he drank a Dew From a convenient Grass-- And then hopped sidewise to the Wall To let a Beetle pass-- He glanced with rapid eyes That hurried all around-- They looked like frightened Beads, I thought-- He stirred his Velvet Head Like one in danger, Cautious, I offered him a Crumb And he unrolled his feathers And rowed him softer home-- Than Oars divide the Ocean, Too silver for a seam-- Or Butterflies, off Banks of Noon Leap, plashless as they swim.
The Angleworm 10 was one tractor with an animal name built by a non-animal-named company.
He once described the artist as a kind of "angleworm," fishing repressed imagery from the darkness of the subconscious (O'Donnell, "Life and Art" 123).