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Ice Worm

Ice Worm


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

Ice Worm

Okay, maybe not that terrifying: Glaciologist Mauri Pelto (right) with his son Ben and research assistant Erica Nied (left) do an abundance count of ice worms on a snow field near Sholes Glacier, Mount Baker, Washington. Photo Credit:

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

Ice Worm

Prospectors ascending the Chilkoot Pass from Dyea, Alaska, to Bennett Lake, British Columbia, 1897. Note “Dyea,” the embark point, written on the foreground crates. Photo Credit: Getty/Hulton AP

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