One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An imaginary creature which flourishes in icy conditions; specifically (Canadian) one first reported during the Klondike gold rush.
2A worm that lives in ice; specifically any of several small oligochaete worms of the genus Mesenchytraeus (especially M. solifugus) which inhabit glaciers in North America.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Blackwood's Magazine. From ice + worm.
ice worm/ˈʌɪs wəːm/
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