BEING JUST DOWNRIGHT TERRIFYING. SERIOUSLY, THIS THING EXISTS!
n. — an imaginary creature that flourishes in icy conditions, esp. a mythological creature of the Klondike Gold Rush [1896–99]
— a totally real and truly disturbing creature; [i.e.,] any of several oligochaete worms of genus Mesenchytraeus, which inhabit North American glaciers
fm. ice + worm
first published. 1830
You know what it’s like in the Yukon wild when it’s sixty-nine below;
When the ice-worms wriggle their purple heads through the crust of the pale blue snow.
—Robert Service, “The Ballad of the Ice-Worm Cocktail,” 1926