Definition of earwig noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɪəwɪɡ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrwɪɡ//
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a small brown insect with a long body and two curved pointed parts called pincers that stick out at the back end of its body See related entries: Invertebrates Word OriginOld English ēarwicga, from ēare ‘ear’ + wicga ‘earwig’ (probably related to wiggle); the insect was once thought to crawl into the human ear.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: earwig