Definition of ice worm in US English:

ice worm


  • 1An imaginary creature which flourishes in icy conditions; specifically (Canadian) one first reported during the Klondike gold rush.

  • 2A worm that lives in ice; specifically any of several small oligochaete worms of the genus Mesenchytraeus (especially M. solifugus) which inhabit glaciers in North America.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Blackwood's Magazine. From ice + worm.


ice worm

/ˈʌɪs wəːm/