Meaning of “earthworm” in the English Dictionary

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"earthworm" in British English

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earthwormnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɜːθ.wɜːm/ us /ˈɝːθ.wɝːm/

Examples from literature

  • These included the use of earthworms to create soil nutrients, plant-oil pesticides, and predator insects to kill pests. 
  • Earthworms were not plentiful on the island. 
  • He carefully picked his way on tiptoe among the earthworms, without killing a single one. 
  • Mr. Darwin believes that traces of it can be found in earthworms and other annelids. 
  • One day my sister threw a handful of earthworms on to my dress. 
  • The constant stirring up of the soil by earthworms is an aid in keeping the soil open to air and water. 

(Definition of “earthworm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"earthworm" in American English

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earthwormnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɜrθ·wɜrm/

a common type of worm (= small animal with a long, narrow, soft body), that moves through the earth

(Definition of “earthworm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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