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earthworm

(ûrth′wûrm′)
n.
Any of various terrestrial annelid worms of the class Oligochaeta, especially those of the family Lumbricidae, that burrow into and help aerate and enrich soil.

earthworm

any ANNELID of the order Oligochaeta.

earthworm

the common oligochete worm of the genera Lumbricus, Allobophora, Eisenia etc.; they act as intermediate hosts for a number of internal parasites of livestock, and are reputed to bring anthrax spores to the surface and precipitate an outbreak of the disease.
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From October to March, especially in the first months of this period, the giant earthworms are prone to autotomy, losing their caudal portions when handled; scarring is instantaneous.
Reports from the local community inhabiting the study area indicate additional characteristics not observed in this study but previously described for other species of giant earthworms.
The existence of a historical series with this information can be useful for evaluating giant earthworms as indicators of climate changes.
Had someone intervened on behalf of the giant earthworm in the late '70s, when Fish and Wildlife first made it a candidate species, the worm would've gotten on the list.
We do not find the Oregon giant earthworm, and when we get back in the car, Fender says, "This is the first one that seems to have disappeared," meaning the first of the Oregon native worms.
The world's leading authority on the Oregon giant earthworm is slumped beside me, his blue jeans slathered in mud.