- 1. The filarial parasite of sheep, Elaeophora schneideri. 2. Red aquatic larvae of certain dipterous gnats and midges. 3. Marine annelids in the family Terebellidae with soft bodies and red blood. 4. Blood-inhabiting worms, such as the human blood flukes in the genus Schistosoma.
* * *blood·worm 'bləd-.wərm n any of several comparatively large bloodsucking nematode worms of the genus Strongylus that are parasitic in the large intestine of horses and have larvae which wander in the viscera and sometimes lodge in the intestinal blood vessels causing colic or more rarely a fatal aneurysm called also palisade worm, red worm
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bloodworm — [blud′wʉrm΄] n. 1. any of various small, red annelid worms, as the sludgeworm 2. the wormlike red larva of various midges, esp. of a genus (Chironomus) that lays its eggs in water … English World dictionary
bloodworm — /blud werrm /, n. 1. any of several red or red blooded annelid worms, esp. various earthworms. 2. the freshwater larva of midges. [1735 45; BLOOD + WORM] * * * ▪ biology any of certain bright red, segmented, aquatic worms of the phylum Annelida … Universalium
bloodworm — noun Date: 1714 1. any of various reddish annelid worms (as of genera Glycera or Tubifex) often used as bait 2. any of several strongyle worms (genus Strongylus) that are parasitic in the large intestine of horses … New Collegiate Dictionary
bloodworm — 1) the red chironomid midge larvae living in bottom sediments and used by anglers in Europe as bait for small fish and by aquarists as fish food. Some sources carry pathogens and may not be advisable as aquarium food 2) sandworm (a marine worm… … Dictionary of ichthyology
bloodworm — n. red fragmented aquatic worm (used for bait) … English contemporary dictionary
bloodworm — noun 1》 the bright red aquatic larva of a midge. 2》 another term for tubifex … English new terms dictionary
bloodworm — blood•worm [[t]ˈblʌdˌwɜrm[/t]] n. 1) ivt any of several small red annelid worms, esp. various earthworms 2) ivt the freshwater larva of midges … From formal English to slang
bloodworm — /ˈblʌdwɜm/ (say bludwerm) noun 1. any of various freshwater insect larvae of the genus Chironomus, which live in the muddy sediment of a river bottom, and which are more or less bright red, according to the degree of oxygenation of their… … Australian English dictionary
bloodworm — n. 1 any of a variety of bright red midge larvae. 2 a small tubifex worm used as food for aquarium fish … Useful english dictionary
bloodworm scraper — a tool used to collect bloodworms, comprising a long handle and an angled metal blade to which the bloodworms stick when it is scraped through the silt … Dictionary of ichthyology