from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any wormlike insect larva, as of certain beetles, that lives and grows in manure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A larva living in mud or manure.
  • n. Someone who gathers wealth through overwork of employees and sordid means; a miser.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A larva or grub that lives in muck or manure; -- applied to the larvæ of the tumbledung and allied beetles.
  • n. One who scrapes together money by mean labor and devices; a miser.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A worm that lives in muck.
  • n. A miser; one who scrapes together money by mean devices.


muck +‎ worm (Wiktionary)



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