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Language: Old English
Origin: earwicga 'ear-insect'; because it used to be believed that these insects get into people's ears

earwig

noun
     
Related topics: Insects
ear‧wig [countable]
HBI a long brown insect with two curved pointed parts at the back end of its body

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