Definition of bristle worm in US English:

bristle worm


  • A marine annelid worm which has a segmented body with numerous bristles on the fleshy lobes of each segment.

    Class Polychaeta: numerous species, including ragworms, lugworms, fan worms, and their relatives

    Also called polychaete
    • ‘Other prey, such as bristle worms, razor shells and tellins are also taken when available.’
    • ‘Great acres of tubeworms surround that peculiar lake, slow white crabs, shrimp, and waving bristle worms.’
    • ‘Early findings include new species of jellyfish and bristle worms.’