Definition of bloodworm in English:



  • 1The bright red aquatic larva of a nonbiting midge, the blood of which contains hemoglobin that allows it to live in poorly oxygenated water.

    Genus Chironomus, family Chironomidae

    ‘We get everything from herbivorous reptiles to aquatic animals that eat bloodworms.’
    • ‘You'll need to check to see if bloodworm is allowed as it is banned on some venues.’
    • ‘With a few truly bizarre exceptions (such as the chironomid bloodworms that breed in sewage), insects don't even have hemoglobin.’
    • ‘They were kept in tanks at a water temperature of 11°C and fed on frozen bloodworms.’
    • ‘Most commonly they will feed heavily on bloodworm, a little on freshwater shrimps and occasionally upon snails and mussels.’
  • 2

    another term for tubifex