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earwig

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noun ear·wig \-ˌwig\

Simple Definition of earwig

  • : an insect that has long, thin feelers and two curved, pointed parts at the end of the body

Full Definition of earwig

  1. :  any of numerous insects (order Dermaptera) having slender many-jointed antennae and a pair of cerci resembling forceps at the end of the body

Origin of earwig

Middle English erwigge, from Old English ēarwicga, from ēare ear + wicga insect


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Insect Terms


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earwig

verb ear·wig

Definition of earwig

ear·wiggedear·wig·ging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to annoy or attempt to influence by private talk



1837

First Known Use of earwig

1837


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