Definition of dew worm in English:

dew worm


North American
  • An earthworm, in particular one used as fishing bait.

    • ‘A popular angling bait, this species has a variety of common names including lob and dew worm, and night crawler.’
    • ‘The declared number of dew worms exported to the United States was about 500 million in 1978.’
    • ‘The fishermen use dew worms which are collected during the night after the rain by the light of a hand-lamp.’
    • ‘It would be a shame to get rid of the dew worms because their activity aerates the soil and their castings are valuable fertilizer.’
    • ‘In addition, fertilizers and even some plastics can be toxic to dew worms and African night crawlers.’


Old English deaw-wyrm ringworm; compare with East Frisian dauworm, denoting both ringworm and the earthworm.


dew worm

/ˈd(y)o͞o ˌwərm/