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 (Polychaeta) used as bait in angling, e.g. for striped bass)

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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 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… …   Medical dictionary

  • 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… …  

  • 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

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