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earwig


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Earwig  \Ear"wig`\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Earwigged};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Earwigging}.] 
  To  influence,  or  attempt  to  influence,  by  whispered 
  insinuations  or  private  talk.  ``No  longer  was  he  earwigged  by 
  the  Lord  Cravens.''  --Lord  Campbell. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Earwig  \Ear"wig`\,  n.  [AS.  e['a]rwicga;  e['a]re  ear  +  wicga 
  beetle,  worm:  cf  Prov.  E.  erri-wiggle.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  insect  of  the  genus  {Forticula}  and  related 
  genera,  belonging  to  the  order  Euplexoptera. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  In  America,  any  small  chilopodous  myriapod, 
  esp.  of  the  genus  {Geophilus}. 
 
  Note:  Both  insects  are  so  called  from  the  supposition  that 
  they  creep  into  the  human  ear. 
 
  3.  A  whisperer  of  insinuations;  a  secret  counselor. 
  --Johnson. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  earwig 
  n  :  any  of  numerous  insects  of  the  order  Dermaptera  having 
  elongate  bodies  and  slender  many-jointed  antennae  and  a 
  pair  of  large  pincers  at  the  rear  of  the  abdomen 




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