from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as earthworm, 1.

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


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  • If you are, I got some fishworm oil that's jest the thing to limber up yer joints.

    The Rose in the Ring George Barr McCutcheon 1897

  • "I'm not going to be a performer," he said, with a wry smile at the thought of "fishworm oil."

    The Rose in the Ring George Barr McCutcheon 1897

  • Some thirty years ago, when he was comparatively a young man, I saw, at the Bartholdi exhibition in New York, a picture by this master of these same coryphées, two figures standing together in the flies resting their weary, pink, fishworm legs as they balanced themselves with their hands against the wabbling scenery.

    Outdoor Sketching Four Talks Given before the Art Institute of Chicago; The Scammon Lectures, 1914 Francis Hopkinson Smith 1876

  • Two of the three men who had remained on board of the schooner were now prisoners; and Sopsy was considered as harmless as a fishworm.

    A Victorious Union Oliver Optic 1859


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