One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bristle worm that lives in muddy sand, leaving characteristic worm casts on lower shores. It is widely used as bait by fishermen.
Arenicola marina, class Polychaeta
- ‘Turner investigates another paradox when he describes the deposit-feeding lugworms (burrowing marine polychaete worms), which eat marine sediments that are laden with organic material and bacteria.’
- ‘Their day-to-day diet is a mix of worms, lugworm, white rag, smashed up shellfish like razorfish, cockles and sand clams, small crabs, shrimps and even small fish, for they, like most sea fish, are a predator in their own right.’
- ‘If the water is even murkier then try a crab or a bunch of lugworms.’
- ‘One lugworm and a thin strip of squid will not get very far in a seething maelstrom of a sea where the tide is screaming through and you have other anglers all around you.’
- ‘The signs included lots of dead and dying lugworms and the fish being put off their feed, although no fish deaths have been reported as yet.’
- ‘These loose mats provide a sheltered and humid habitat for many mid shore animals, including shore crabs, littorinid snails, barnacles, mussels, young fish, lugworms and other invertebrates.’
- ‘Several other anglers also caught early Pouting using mostly lugworm and ragworm baits presented on three hook rigs clipped down to gain a little extra distance.’
- ‘Their main prey tends to be polycheate worms, such as lugworm, which are incredibly numerous in shallow water.’
- ‘Anglers had a selection of baits with them lugworm, ragworm mackerel, sandeel and peeler crab to catch that winning fish.’
- ‘Areas exhibiting mixed sand and mud constitute a relatively stable substrate in which typical sand-living animals, such as sand gapers, lugworms, and razor shells, dwell.’
- ‘For the bigger fish, try peeler crab tipped off with a tiny square section of mackerel or squid, or lugworm with a tippet of mackerel or squid.’
- ‘However a red tide can have implications for marine fauna and some organisms including cockles, lugworms and sea potatoes have been washed up onto Sligo beaches as witnessed by many beach users.’
- ‘Also attracting interest was the Mudbank, a display of estuarine life including lugworms and cockles and a column of ‘mud’ showing how the estuary has changed and grown.’
- ‘Whenever we fished this popular jetty, I got the job of digging up the lugworm on the beach, and then gutting the mackerel when we got home.’
- ‘Reports of dead lugworms, crabs, flatfish and dogfish have been made to the Marine Institute by local fishermen in Donegal.’
- ‘Dominic likes to use ragworm, but suggests mackerel strip or lugworm and making up cocktails with squid strips.’
- ‘Sea anglers are still catching flounders at Priory Point, Canal Foot, Tridley and Plumpton on creeper tipped with mackerel, also small whiting on lugworm at the Deep Water Berth at Walney.’
Early 19th century: from earlier lug ‘lugworm’ (of unknown origin) + worm.
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