Definition of brandling in US English:



  • A red earthworm that has rings of a brighter color, often found in manure, and used as bait by anglers and in composting kitchen waste.

    Eisenia fetida, family Lumbricidae

    • ‘Tackle shops sell pots of brandlings but they can be gathered quite easily from manure and compost heaps.’
    • ‘Float-fishing a little brandling for some winter grayling and not holding out too much hope in the high and coloured water, lucky Sam proceeded to break the Scottish grayling record twice in one afternoon.’
    • ‘A worm bin is a container housing a colony of special worms, known as brandlings, tiger worms or redworms.’
    • ‘After 10 minutes raking I cast the tackle, baited with 2 small brandlings.’
    • ‘If you wish to search for this worm, it can be found often with brandlings in farm manure.’
    • ‘Earthworms (not brandlings or those from compost heaps which may be toxic) and insects are readily taken.’
    • ‘I'm ready to go with the tyre wormery I mentioned before - my solution to rats in the compost bin in the winter - but the brandlings are taking their time moving into the ordinary compost bin.’
    • ‘If you find any brandlings in the compost as you fork through it, the worms with dark red rings, you could save those and introduce them into your new compost pile.’
    • ‘Just occasionally I put grass cuttings in - not too often, though, or the compost overheats and brandlings take over.’
    • ‘The types of worms most often used for vermicomposting are Eisenia foetida and Lumbricus rubellus, commonly known as red worms, tiger worms, brandlings, angle worms, manure worms or red wrigglers.’
    • ‘The worms, which are responsible for recycling kitchen waste in this way, are called brandlings and resemble earthworms, except they are smaller and reddish in appearance.’
    • ‘Bait fishing with a float is a very enjoyable way to catch; use brandlings or maggots on size 16 hooks.’
    • ‘Be careful as many suppliers will try and sell large brandlings as lobs, often under the trade name of ‘loblings’.’
    • ‘Manure worms (also called brandlings, red wigglers, or angleworms) and red worms live in organic debris and are the preferred types for commercial bait production and composting.’
    • ‘Around the world these composting worms are also referred to as tiger worms, brandlings, wigglers or surface litter worms.’


Mid 17th century: from brand + -ling.