Definition of peacock worm in English:

peacock worm


  • A colourful European fan worm of shallow waters.

    Sabella pavonina, class Polychaeta

    • ‘Scorpion fish, butterfish, scallops, prawns, peacock worms, cuttlefish and dragonets all go about their business among the many stationary species of aquatic life.’
    • ‘At the base of the cliff there are caves giving more shelter for some lobsters and peacock worms.’
    • ‘She rests between 5-50m of water, covered in plumose anemones, peacock worms and home to a large number of wrasse and pollack.’
    • ‘The interesting holes and caverns beneath them shelter shade-loving creatures such as burrowing anemones and peacock worms.’
    • ‘These peacock worms disappear down their tubes at lightning speed at the slightest disturbance.’