any of a number of creeping or burrowing invertebrate animals with long, slender soft bodies and no limbs
write-once read-many, denoting a type of memory device
any of a number of insect larvae which occur in destructive swarms, in particular:
an earthworm, in particular one that is used as fishing bait
either of two parasitic nematode worms which affect the eyes of mammals:
a tube-dwelling marine bristle worm which bears a fan-like crown of filaments that are typically brightly coloured and project from the top of the tube, filtering the water for food particles
a soft-bodied beetle with luminescent organs in the abdomen, especially the larvalike wingless female which emits light to attract the flying male
another term for horsehair worm.
a small snake-like Eurasian legless lizard that is typically brownish or copper-coloured and which gives birth to live young
North American term for looper.
a marine bristle worm, especially a fan worm, which lives in a tube made from sand particles or in a calcareous tube that it secretes
a convoluted mass of soil, mud, or sand thrown up by an earthworm or lugworm on the surface after passing through the worm’s body
a mechanical arrangement consisting of a toothed wheel worked by a short revolving cylinder (worm) bearing a screw thread
the calcareous or sandy tube of some sedentary marine worms, such as fan worms
a burrowing worm-like marine animal of shallow waters. Its body consists of a proboscis, a collar, and a long trunk with gill slits, and contains a structure resembling a notochord
a slender transparent worm-like animal with fins, having spines on the head for grasping prey. It is common in marine plankton
the soft-bodied aquatic larva of a caddis fly, used as fishing bait
a very long parasitic nematode worm which lives under the skin of infected humans and other mammals in rural Africa and Asia
a parasitic nematode worm which infests the kidneys of mammals
the spotted caterpillar of a southern African moth, which feeds on mopane leaves and is a source of food for local people
a marine bristle worm which swarms in response to changes in light intensity, particularly that of the moon. The worm’s posterior segments detach themselves and swim to the surface where the reproductive cells are released into the sea
an unsegmented burrowing marine worm with a stout body and a slender retractable anterior part bearing a terminal mouth surrounded by tentacles
a chiefly aquatic worm with an elongated, unsegmented, flattened body that is typically brightly coloured and tangled in knots, and a long proboscis for catching food
a marine bristle worm with scales on the upper surface which have a protective function, and in some species are able to luminesce
a worm gear or other mechanical device bearing a screw
another term for brandling.
a flattened worm-like parasite which infests vertebrates, especially reptiles, having a sucking mouth with hooks for attachment to the lining of the respiratory tract
a burrowing marine bristle worm which is bluish-white with iridescent pink shading and a grey dorsal line
(of organic tissue) eaten into by worms
a subterranean burrowing reptile which resembles an earthworm, being blind, apparently segmented, and typically without limbs
a marine mollusc with a shell that forms loose irregular coils, giving it a worm-like appearance
a small harmless North American snake which resembles an earthworm
an immature form of a tapeworm, which lives in the flesh of the secondary host. Further development is suspended until it is eaten by the primary host
a marine annelid worm which has a segmented body with numerous bristles on the fleshy lobes of each segment
another term for horsehair worm.
a colourful European fan worm of shallow waters
the sport of enticing worms from their burrows
the activity or practice of angling with worms for bait
a long slender worm related to the nematodes, the larvae being parasites of arthropods and the adults living in water or damp soil
a worm-like tube-dwelling marine animal with a horseshoe-shaped ring of ciliated tentacles (lophophore) around the mouth, extended for filter-feeding
another term for looper.
another term for ribbon worm.
the larva of a migratory tropical moth which feeds on the leaves of the cotton plant and was formerly a major pest in North America
another term for thorny-headed worm.
a parasitic worm with a thornlike proboscis for attachment to the gut of vertebrates
(even) a meek person will resist or retaliate if pushed too far
a view as seen from below or from a humble position
treat (an animal) to free it of worms